Bachmann: St. Croix River Crossing Hot Dish 'Bridges' Minnesota Meat and Wisconsin Cheddar
Rep. Michele Bachmann's "St. Croix River Crossing Hot Dish" didn't bring home the bacon during the Second Annual Minnesota Hot Dish Off on Capitol Hill.
That's right, "St. Croix River Crossing Hot Dish."
Although the political recipe for the "dish" served up an exemption to the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act with a side of litigation, debate and a price tag of $626.4 million (according to MnDot's latest figures); the edible version consisted primarily of noodles, cheeses, bacon and chicken.
Bachmann’s hot dish is named after the St. Croix River Crossing bill that recently gained Congressional approval and awaits President Barack Obama's signature.
“Our recipes are as diverse as our politics, but we can all agree that a good hot dish is a staple on kitchen tables across Minnesota,” Bachmann said in a press release. “Today is a bipartisan opportunity to celebrate our great state and last week’s bipartisan success on passing the St. Croix River Crossing legislation.”
The judges, former Minnesota Congressman Vin Weber and House Chaplain Father Pat Conroy, rated the hot dishes on taste, texture and consistency, and whether or not the dish included the components that define hot dish.
Let's just say this time Bachmann's dish didn't bring home the bacon.
Bachmann’s recipe is as follows:
St. Croix River Crossing Hot Dish:
Serves: One carload full crossing the St. Croix River
What goes into building the St. Croix River Crossing Hot Dish?
• 8 oz. elbow macaroni, cooked
• 12 oz. cooked and crumbled Hormel® bacon
• 1 lb. cubed Gold’n Plump® chicken breast, cooked
• 12 oz. evaporated milk
• 1-1/2 cups 2% Kemps® milk
• 2 Tbsp. Land O’Lakes® butter, melted
• 3 cups shredded Wisconsin cheddar cheese
• 1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
Spray 5-qt Crock Pot, or larger, with non-stick cooking spray. Mix together pasta, bacon, chicken, evaporated milk, 2% milk, butter and cheeses; add to Crock Pot.
Set Crock Pot on low for 2-4 hours.
Feed to hungry Minnesotans or Wisconsinites.