Hagedorn Enters “Make’n Bacon Great Again” in Minn. Delegation Hot Dish Competition

April 9, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) participated in his first Minnesota Congressional Delegation Hot Dish Competition. Hagedorn entered Make’n Bacon Great Again Hot Dish, which features two pounds of bacon and half a pound of pork sausage. A melty concoction of cheese, tater tots and pork, Make’n Bacon Great Again is hot dish comfort food at its finest.

Hagedorn donned a “Bacon Capital of the USA” apron for the competition. Martin County claims the title of “Bacon Capital of the USA” as it is the number one pork-producing county in Minnesota.

Hagedorn gave the following statement:

“Minnesota’s First District is the second largest hog-producing congressional district in the country. In preparation for this competition, I wondered, ‘how much bacon can one hot dish handle?’ I encourage you to try our hot dish and add all the bacon you want. Eating bacon supports our southern Minnesota farmers and agribusinesses. And that’s Congressional Pork we can all get behind.”

Rep. Betty McCollum from Minnesota’s Fourth District took top honors at the competition, according to a panel of three judges. Once members and staffers were able to try the hot dishes during the event, Make’n Bacon Great Again was one of the first dishes to be cleaned out, leading the Hagedorn Office to joke it deserved a “People’s Choice” award.

Since 2011, the Hot Dish Competition has provided Minnesota members a bipartisan opportunity to promote their state’s products and main culinary dish.

Recipe: Make’n Bacon Great Again Hot Dish

2 lb. bag frozen tater tots
2 lb. Compart Duroc bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled (reserve ¾ lb. for topping)
½ lb. Hormel pork sausage, browned and room temperature
3½ c. shredded sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (reserve ½ cup for topping)
2¼ c. whole milk
3 extra large eggs
1½ tsp. onion powder
1½ tsp. garlic powder
½ tsp. ground black pepper
3-4 T. chopped green onions

1. Butter a 9x13 baking dish and preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Toss 1¼ lb. of the crumbled bacon with cooled sausage and 3 cups cheese – set aside.
3. Whisk eggs and milk with spices – set aside.
4. In large mixing bowl, toss frozen tater tots with the bacon/sausage/cheese mixture. Spread evenly in baking dish.
5. Pour the egg mixture over the tater tots.
6. Bake for about 30-40 minutes, until the cheese is bubbly, and the bacon is fragrant.
7. Sprinkle the reserved cheese and crumbled bacon on top, then bake for another 5-10 until the cheese is melted.
8. Remove from the oven, sprinkle with the green onions.

jim hagedorn at hot dish competition table

Watch www.facebook.com/RepHagedorn for more photos from the competition.

Jim Hagedorn was elected in 2018 to represent Minnesota’s First District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He grew up on his family’s grain and livestock farm near Truman. Jim’s father, former U.S. Congressman Tom Hagedorn (MN-02), grandfather, and great-grandfather were all southern Minnesota farmers. Jim currently resides in the rural farming community of Blue Earth. Hagedorn brings policy experience to Capitol Hill from time spent as a congressional aide to former U.S. Congressman Arlan Stangeland (MN-07) and a congressional relations officer for two non-partisan U.S. Department of the Treasury agencies. Hagedorn serves on the House Committees on Agriculture and Small Business to promote farming, Main Street enterprises and southern Minnesota’s way of life.