Franken holds 3rd annual Hot Dish-Off

U.S. Sen. Al Franken, the Minnesota Democrat and former comedian, will host his third annual Capitol casserole contest today in (appropriately) the Senate Agricultural Committee Hearing Room in Washington.

Franken will be joined by Democrats Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Reps. Rick Nolan, Collin Peterson, Betty McCollum, Keith Ellison and Tim Walz and Republicans Eric Paulsen and Michele Bachmann.

Franken started the friendly competition in 2011 as a way to bring the delegation together to put partisanship aside and celebrate a Minnesota culinary tradition. This year’s event will be judged by former Minnesota congressmen Vin Weber and Gerry Sikorski.

Last year, Franken’s “Mom’s Mahnomin Madness Hotdish” and former Rep. Chip Cravaack’s “Minnesota Wild Strata Hotdish” tied for first place.

Recipes will be posted at