MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Rep. Collin Peterson bagged his first win at the Minnesota Congressional Hotdish Off Competition with his “Right To Bear Arms Hotdish.”
The special ingredient? Bear meat.
“It is an honor to be this year’s winner, with a hotdish that recognizes the great outdoors,” Peterson said, adding that the bear was shot in Wisconsin.
Peterson beat out the recipes of nine fellow Minnesota lawmakers, both Democrat and Republican, who served up recipes such as “Sunday Beer Run and Brat Hotdish” (Rep. Tom Emmer), “‘Minnesota Wild’ Rice and Pheasant Hotdish” (Rep. Jason Lewis), and “Minnesota Melting Tot” (Sen. Amy Klobuchar).
The hotdishes were judged for their taste, presentation and originality.
Rep. Peterson Wins 2017 Hotdish Off
Sen. Al Franken, who has hosted the competition since 2011, said this year’s contest was the “most important hotdish off ever,” as it comes on the heels of the divisive November election.
“This is all about is being neighbors, sharing food, sustenance, hardy prairie dishes,” the Democratic senator and creator of the “Potato Pot Roast Potluck Hotdish” said. “I think every year the presentations get more wonderful.”
Three judges ranked the dishes following a blind taste test. One of them, Dr. Edward Ehlinger, the commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Health, brought a restaurant-inspecting thermometer to ensure food safety.
Last year, top hotdish honors went to Rep. Tim Walz, who boasts the highest number of hotdish off wins, with four.
Recipes for the all the 2017 hotdishes can be found here.