Fifty States of New Recipe Tuesday – Week Thirty Two – Minnesota – Hot Dish

Welcome to week 32 of Fifty States of New Recipe Tuesday. This week we welcome Minnesota, who joined the union on May 11, 1858.  The name Minnesota comes from the Dakota Indian name Mnisota, which means “clear blue water”. The name is appropriate, since the state is nicknamed the “Land of 10,000 Lakes”. It is also the origin of the Mississippi River and the westernmost point of the St. Lawrence Seaway, which runs through the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean.

If you look at a map of Minnesota, you will notice that it has a small protrusion on its northern border; the result of a boundary agreement with Great Britain. This small piece of land makes Minnesota the northern most state in the 48 contiguous states.

When I was searching for a recipe for Minnesota, I kept coming back to a dish that my nephew Travis (he lives there) told me about called Hot Dish. In essence, it is a casserole. It typically contains a starch, a meat, and a canned or frozen vegetable, mixed with canned soup. Hotdish (pronounced hoddish) is cooked and served hot in a single baking dish and commonly appears at communal gatherings such as family reunions and church suppers {from Wikipedia}.

Ok, so it’s a one dish casserole. This was not exciting me, but it really is the embodiment of Minnesota, so I decided to give it a try. I went with a recipe that, from my research, was the original version; the Tater Tot Hot Dish.

MN Hot Dish
Hot Dish

It is really easy to make, and for as much as I didn’t want to like it, it was pretty tasty. I tweaked it to bring a little more flavor to the filling, but tried to stay true to the original concept. Josh didn’t like it, mostly because he is not a vegetable kid. He liked the meat and sauce and tater tots, but the mixed veges were too much to just pick around. He ate some, then went and made himself a ham sandwich. Oh well.

I give this recipe a B+. Mostly because it uses canned soup and packaged tater tots. But honestly, I might work on it a bit more and make it into a dinner I might have again.

Thanks Minnesota.  See you all next week in Oregon!

MN Hot dish plate
Hot Dish

Recipe for Tater Tot Hot Dish


1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 pound ground beef
1- 10 ¾ oz. can cream of mushroom soup
½ cup milk
1 ½ tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1- 16 oz. package frozen mixed vegetables
1- 16 oz. package frozen tater tots
1 cup cheddar


Preheat oven to 375°F.
In a large pan over medium heat, sauté the onion, celery and garlic in the olive oil until tender, about 6 minutes. Add the ground beef and continue to cook until the meat is browned, stirring frequently and breaking up the meat. Drain off any excess fat and set aside.
In a large bowl, combine the soup, mix and Worcestershire sauce. Add the meat mixture and mixed vegetables and stir to combine.
Transfer the mixture to a 2 ½ quart casserole dish sprayed with non stick cooking spray. Top with the shredded cheese, then cover with a layer of tater tots.
Bake uncovered 45-55 minutes or until bubbling and the tater tots are crispy. Allow to stand for 10 minutes before serving.

MN Hot Dish Served
Minnesota Hot Dish

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