I did not get an email from you that I can recall. I use a fairly powerful screener that doesn’t seem to work well. No matter what I try to set up it will not let my bank bill pay notifications come through or one of my high school classmate’s emails and it is a pain to go on the web site and try to scroll through literally hundreds of blocked emails to find the ones that should go through. So I do a word search on the few I am looking for.
By the time you eat everything on a stick at the fair you might not have any appetite left for Tavern on Grand. [;)] If I get to the fair this year it won’t be until Labor Day, the last day. I can’t get free Thursday night.
Thanks for the info on Byerly’s. I think I’m going to skip the Hotdish on this trip. I don’t think I’ll have enough time to fit it into my tight schedule. I think I’m going to opt for the Minnesota State Fair instead and try a few things there (including hotdish on a stick previously mentioned by Davydd) before heading to Tavern on Grand for dinner.
You took the words (or meal) right out of my mouth. I was going to definetely include Hells’ Kitchen for Porridge for breakfast on Friday!
WJ, If you get a chance, eat at Hell’s Kitchen. The Sterns reviewed it here last year. The porridge is very regional, full of nuts, wild rice and berries. Great walleye BLTs and homemade jams. I love the sausage bread. It has coffee and sausage and nuts in the bread and is just wonderful.
Byerly’s, as BuddyRoadHouse mentioned, has very good Minnesotan prepared foods. You might want to check out any of their soups that have wild rice. It’s all very well prepared.
Besides hot dish being served at church suppers, it’s a regular at wakes and funeral meals. I will definitely keep my eye out for the Hot Dish Heaven book.
It could have tater tots in it, but wouldn’t have too. The recipes are numerous. Mom used to make one that had chicken nuggets lined up all in a row…at the time I thought it was great.
Can’t help you with a "sit-down" version of hotdish, but if you want a good carry-out order, any of the Byerly’s grocery stores around town carries a very tasty hot dish to go at their prepared foods counter.
The term hot dish is prevalent in Northern Wisconsin also.
Yes. What the rest of the world calls casserole, Minnesotans call hotdish. As in the aforementioned hamburger meat hotdish or tuna hotdish. What always impresses me is the variety, both in that and in the cookie bars.
In bars, it’s basically fat + sweet + crunchy, and a lot of them use cereal as the crunchy part. As in: mix warmed up crunchy peanut butter with Karo syrup, stir in, say, Special K, and then spread thin in a pan and cover with chocolate chips, cover and allow the chips to melt. I’m sure there must be a bar cookbook somewhere too.
So if I am reading correctly-it is basically what I call tater tot casserole….
Garrison Keillor oft times mentions "hamburger hot dish" in his Lake Woebegon sketches, usually associated with what someone brought to a church supper.
There’s a wonderful cookbook coming out soon from the Minnesota Historical Society called Hot Dish Heaven.
My mouth is watering just thinking about the Great Minnesota Get-Together. I’m so sorry I’m not going this year. Last year’s highlights included a terrific walleye sandwich with havarti and dill mayo, fresh lemonade, a really gooey cinnamon roll, the U’s ice cream stand, and the bucket of cookies and the free milk.
Wanderer, hotdish is really more something that you cook at home. My sister-in-law’s usual recipe is browned ground beef drained and mixed with frozen sweet peas and a can of COMS (although cream of chicken or that creamy golden onion soup will also do nicely), arranged into the bottom of a Pyrex, then covered with a layer of frozen tater tots and two more cans of COMS, then baked until everything is bubbly. You can easily substitute about any meat for the ground beef, and any pasta, rice or starch for the tots. It’s basically a COMS delivery system. Minnesota home cuisine revolves around the hotdish, and the bar (as in bar cookie) for dessert.
Theedge, I know it’s basically a dish that you can mostly find at home, I was hoping to experience it "just to say that I did"
Frankly, I may not even have time, I’m trying to squeeze it in for a late lunch after the Twins game next Thursday, however I plan on going to tavern on grand that evening for Walleye and want to leave an appetite, I may just opt for the fair instead![8D]
I’m actually going to be in the Twin Cities this coming Thursday through Saturday so the timing is perfect.
**Also I sent you an e-mail- through "roadfood" not sure if you got it** Please let me know!
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