Originally Posted by Steve Kroll
That's not exactly true. I grew up in Wisconsin and tater tot casserole on that side of the border is the same thing Minnesotans call hotdish. We also call water fountains "bubblers" and soft drinks are called "sodas" rather than pop.
One point of contention: there is no chili powder in traditional Minnesconsin hotdish/casserole. Not that it's a bad thing, but people in this part of the world would deem it far too spicy for their tender Scandinavian palates. Also, my mom would have used a can of green beans or corn rather than fancy schmancy mixed vegetables.
All semantics aside, this recipe looks good. I might have to try it.
Steve, Steve, Steve, I grew up in the heart of Scandahoovia--that would be about 2 hours north of the Cities (just past Motley), north to the border (that would be Warroad/Hallock), and west to Fargo. If you move east towards Hibbing, that would be where the Italians and Finns settled.
Casseroles were what you could feed to company, hotdishes were made wtih canned soup (usually cream of mushroom), hamburger, and a starch (tater tots, macaroni or rice). If you got fancy, you put in green beans or frozen corn or frozen peas! Never forget the versatility of frozen peas!
Salt and Pepper, chili powder only goes in chili. No garlic, no onion, just cream of whatever soup, hamburger, and starch. Chili powder would offend one's sense of snowblindness.
I had classmates named Lars, Leif, Jens, Bjorn, Lena, Knute, and Olaf. Not to mention all the Kristy/Kirsten/Kirsty derivatives and all those last names that ended in son/sen.