(NNCNOW.com) Minnesota Senator Al Franken on Friday released a book featuring the recipes of the third annual Hotdish Off. A link to the cookbook can be found by clicking 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."
According to a news release issued Friday:
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.