A tradition started by former Minnesota U.S. Senator Al Franken eight years ago continued Wednesday with the state’s Congressional Delegation participating in a hotdish cookoff in the offices of his replacement Senator Tina Smith.

“It’s just a fun, bipartisan thing that we can do; everyone puts their politics aside and talks about food,” she explained. “And that’s sort of the way I think things should be sometimes.”

It came down to a tie between 6th District Congressman Tom Emmer and 8th District Congressman Rick Nolan, leading to a tie-breaking vote by the emcee of the contest. Smith said, “Sam Brody, who was our emcee, picked Tom Emmer as the winner with his ‘Hotdish of Champions’ and it was good, I can tell you.”

Emmer’s casserole included tater tots, mushroom soup, cheese, bacon, sausage, and a crushed cereal topping.

Smith prepared a 10,000 Island Cheesburger Surprise Hotdish she says was inspired by a meal that her mom served when she was a kid.