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10 hot dish recipes from Minnesota's congressional delegation

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Minnesota's congressional delegation got a taste of home on Wednesday as they put their best food forward for Sen. Al Franken's annual hotdish competition -- even taking a sweet jab at the polar vortex.

"It's a great day when the Minnesota delegation is able to put our differences aside and enjoy some great hotdishes," said Sen. Franken. "I want to thank all my colleagues for participating in today's competition, and a huge congratulations to Tim for his winning Turkey Trot Tater Tot Hotdish. It was delicious."

Franken started hosting the hotdish competition four years ago as a way for members of the Minnesota delegation to come together to celebrate a culinary tradition.

THE WINNER

Once more, Rep. Tim Walz took home the top prize after a blind taste test for his "Turkey Trot Tater-Tot Hotdish," a new twist on an old classic that swaps out the traditional beef in favor of leaner poultry.

RECIPE: Turkey Trot Tater-Tot Hotdish

"Thank you to Senator Franken and his staff for putting this annual, bipartisan event on and for allowing us all to share our hotdish recipes. I'm honored that our Turkey Trot Tater Tot Hotdish won this year, making southern Minnesota back-to-back hotdish champions. The good folks in Worthington who celebrate King Turkey Days should know that, at least for today, turkey reigns supreme in Washington as well," said winner Rep. Tim Walz.

Walz also took home the top prize last year with his "Hermann the German Hotdish."

FROZEN HOTDISH?

Sen. Amy Klobuchar wanted to serve up a tribute to the brutally cold Minnesota winter, so she decided to take the heat out of her hot dish in favor of a chilly treat.

"This Minnesota winter has been so cold that even my hotdish couldn't escape the freezing temperatures," Klobuchar said. "The dish has a virtual polar vortex of flavor that sent a shiver down the spine of the competition and gave the judges goosebumps. While it ultimately got iced out of first place, I want to wish a very warm congratulations to Rep. Walz for his delicious (and hot!) dish."

RECIPE: 'It's So Cold My Hotdish Froze' Dessert

Klobuchar's cold dessert dish tied for first runner up.

OTHER RECIPES

- Sen. Al Franken's "Grandma Phoebe's Sunday Supper" hotdish

- Rep. Michele Bachman's "Polar Vortex-Mex Hotdish"

- Rep. Keith Ellison's "Pride of the 5th" hotdish

- Rep. John Kline's "Morning 'Hot Chow' Hotdish"

- Rep. Betty McCollum's "Minnesota Wild Rice and Chicken Hotdish"

- Rep. Rick Nolan's "Ranger's Hunting Camp Hotdish"

- Rep. Erik Paulsen's "Grandma's Minnesota Nice Mock Lasagna"

- Rep. Collin Peterson's "Hunter's Hotdish"

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