Franken Releases Hotdish Book 04 May 13

On Friday U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) released a book featuring the recipes of the third annual Hotdish Off.

You can download the book here.

“It’s a great day when the Minnesota delegation is able to put our differences aside and focus on what really matters – hotdish,” said Sen. Franken. “This recipe book will provide Minnesota families with easy access to all of this year’s delicious hotdish entries.”

Sen. Franken started the friendly Hotdish Off in 2011 as a way to bring the delegation together and celebrate a Minnesota culinary tradition. This year, after a blind taste testing of each member’s hotdish, former Congressmen Vin Weber (R-Minn.) and Gerry Sikorski (D-Minn.) named Rep. Tim Walz’s (D-Minn.) Hermann the German Hotdish the winner.


The other members prepared the following hotdishes: Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) made Hormel ‘I Can’t Believe It’s Not SPAM’ Pepperoni Pizza Hotdish; Sen. Franken made Willmar Stew Hotdish; Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) made Easter Ham and Cheese Hotdish; Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) made Beef, Beer, & Biscuits Hotdish; Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) made Southwest Metro Hotdish; Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) made Juicy Lucy Hotdish; Rep. Tim Walz (D-Minn.) made Hermann the German Hotdish; Rep. Rick Nolan (D-Minn.) made ‘Real Deal’ Ranger Hotdish; and Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.) made Kelly Paulsen’s Taco Hotdish.

Last year, Sen. Franken’s Mom’s Mahnomin Madness Hotdish and former Rep. Chip Cravaack’s (R-Minn.) Minnesota Wild Strata Hotdish tied for first place. Sen. Klobuchar took top honors in 2011 with her Taconite Tater-Tot Hotdish.