Minnesota game…what to eat? (part 2) Hotdish

Continuing the theme of menu items for tailgating events (or TV watching) for the USC vs. Minnesota football game on Sept 3…..

My friend Bill (who is a California native now living in Minnesota–and joining us in L.A. for the game) emailed me the following: “The true MN food is hot dish, which is any casserole that has meat, potatoes and maybe rutabaga (pronounced root-a baigies).”  This inspired today’s blog post.

The Wikipedia entry for hotdish reads:

Hotdish is a variety of baked casserole that typically contains a starch, a meat or other protein, and a canned and/ or frozen vegetable, mixed together with canned soup. The dish is popular in Minnesota. According to Howard Mohr, author of How to Talk Minnesotan, hotdish is, “A traditional main course, hotdish is cooked and served hot in a single baking dish and commonly appears at family reunions and church suppers.” The most typical meat for many years has been ground beef, and cream of mushroom remains the favorite canned soup. In past years, a pasta was the most frequently-used starch, however tater tots and local wild rice have now become very popular as well.

Based on the fact that we like to serve the opponent-themed food pre-game rather than post -game (certainly no homage to the opponent is welcome in the inopportune case that we lose the game) and keeping a hotdish hot for 6 to 8 hours to eat post-game isn’t going to happen, I searched for a recipe for a breakfast hotdish entree and found one titled Minnesota Breakfast Hotdish that uses sausage, eggs, croutons, and mushroom soup (a recipe by Kate Daby).  Basically this is a strata with the soup component of hotdish.  So, I am thinking of making this for the pre-game menu.  And an internet thank you to Kate…

Fight on!

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Liza on August 20, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    I could go for a breakfast hotdish that included tater tots and mushroom soup.


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