Rep. Peterson wins Minn. delegation hotdish competition

Published: Mar. 8, 2017 at 4:56 PM EST
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Competition -- it’s what politicians do. They compete on the campaign trail and to get votes on their bills. And when it comes to food, there’s no exception.

Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN) took home the grand prize Wednesday at the Seventh Annual Minnesota Congressional Delegation Hotdish Competition. He called his hotdish, "Right to Bear Arms."

“It’s a bear meat dish," explained Peterson. "One of my staffers on the Agriculture Committee shot this bear in Wisconsin on his family farm.”

The competition pits Minnesota Democrat against Minnesota Republican. Hotdishes have to have a meat, vegetable, starch, and of course – tater-tots!

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) attempted a second win, but came up short.

“It’s called the ‘Minnesota Melting Tot’ and it takes many of our heritages and mixes them up into one grand hotdish," said Klobuchar.

So what put Peterson’s hotdish over the top? The judges say it had all the ingredients, looked good, tasted good, and was original with the bear meat.

The lawmakers say the event is all about bipartisanship.

“It’s something that’s in short supply in DC," said Peterson. "So this is a chance to get together on a social basis. Part of the problem out here is people don’t get to know each other.”

The host, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), says the friendly contest is important, especially after a divisive election.

“What this is all about is being neighbors, sharing food, sharing sustenance," said Franken.

While there might be a lot of disagreement in the halls of Congress these days, a good hotdish is something they can all agree on.

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