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Congresswoman Betty McCollum

Representing the 4th District of Minnesota


April 9, 2019
Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) took first place in today’s Minnesota Delegation Hotdish Competition with her entry “Hotdish A-Hmong Friends.”

The ninth annual competition, hosted by Senator Tina Smith (DFL-Minn.), featured entries of Minnesota’s signature dish from every member of the state’s Congressional delegation.

“One of the largest Hmong communities in the United States is in Minnesota’s Fourth Congressional District,” Rep. McCollum said. “I’m so excited that my ‘Hotdish A-Hmong Friends’ recipe took first place in this year’s friendly congressional competition! Our state’s favorite comfort food unites Minnesotans from all walks of life. Thank you to Senator Smith for continuing this tradition, and to all of my colleagues for sharing their recipes with us today.”  

Hotdish A-Hmong Friends


1 large onion, diced
2 cups of carrots, grated
1 small cabbage, quartered and sliced
4 cloves of garlic, minced
2 lbs of ground beef
1 bag of tater tots
½ cup of Umami Seasoning
½ tablespoon of salt
½ tablespoon of pepper
1 can of cream of mushroom
½ cup of milk
½ cup of vegetable oil
2 egg roll wraps
5 Thai chilis


Add tater tots to cover the bottom of the hotdish container
Sauté garlic for 1 minute on medium heat
Add onion and cook until translucent
Add carrots and cabbage and cook until soft
Transfer veggies to plate
Cook ground beef
Add veggies back into the pan
Add umami seasoning, salt, pepper, and chilis, and mix
Transfer food in pan to hotdish container, covering tater tots
Whisk cream of mushroom with milk and pour in hotdish container
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes
While hotdish is baking, cut egg roll wraps in quarters and fry
Crumble egg roll wraps and garnish hotdish 5 minutes before it’s done

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