What Is Hotdish?

Hotdish is as inextricably tied to Minnesota's identity as cornfields, state fairs, and piles of winter snow. 

Hot pot was marketed to many Americans as an easy way to stretch a single pound of meat to feed an entire family. 

These meals were cooked in one pot, and contained all aspects of a rounded meal, including protein, vegetables, and starch.

And though hot pot was a popular dish, it wasn't until the 1930s that the dish known as hotdish fully developed as a Minnesota staple.

Minnesota, like most states, faced a lot of challenges during this time, especially among farmers in the region. 

It was during this time that the first recipes for hotdish emerged. 

Unlike hot pot, these recipes were a single dish joined together by starches and a canned soup base, which was more widely available during the time.