Rep. Peterson wins annual hotdish competition
U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson took his first title in the Minnesota Congressional Delegation Hotdish Off Wednesday.
Peterson's "Right to Bear Arms Hotdish" took the honors at the seventh annual bipartisan cooking competition hosted each year by Sen. Al Franken.
The Hotdish Off carries the motto, "working together to improve the lives of Minnesotans, one hotdish at a time."
Peterson represents Minnesota's Seventh Congressional District, which includes west central Minnesota.
In the event, members of the state's congressional delegation enter their favorite hotdishes, which are judged in a blind taste test.
Peterson won for a hotdish using bear meat, potato rounds (like flat tater tots), several cheeses and, of course, cream of mushroom soup.
"This event is always a strong showing of bipartisanship and good food," Rep. Peterson said in a news release. "It is an honor to be this year's winner, with a hotdish that recognizes the great outdoors."
Peterson continued, "It's always a pleasure to come together with the delegation. I appreciate Senator Franken's work to continue this annual tradition and thank the other delegation members for tasty hotdish."
The winner's trophy is a plaque inside a glass baking dish.
All 10 members of the delegation, two senators and eight representatives, entered the competition.
The other members prepared the following creatively named dishes:
• Franken's "Potato Pot Roast Potluck Hotdish,"
• Sen. Amy Klobuchar's "Minnesota Melting Tot Hotdish,"
• Rep. Betty McCollum's "Little Hotdish on the Prairie,"
• Rep. Tim Walz's "Prairie Home Hotdish,"
• Rep. Keith Ellison's "Solidarity Kugel,"
• Rep. Erik Paulsen's "Lake Wobegon Swedish Meatball Shepherd Pie,"
• Rep. Rick Nolan's "Spud's Taco-Nite Hot Dish,"
• Rep. Tom Emmer's "Sunday Beer Run and Brat Hotdish," and
• Rep. Jason Lewis' '"Minnesota Wild' Rice and Pheasant Hotdish."
All of their recipes are available at on Franken's Senate website at franken.senate.gov/files/documents/2017HotdishRecipes.pdf.
Photos and videos may be found at franken.senate.gov.