Hot Dish

What kind of food is hot dish?

A type of baked casserole served hot in a dish

Hot dish (or "hotdish") is a term for a casserole that people in the Upper Midwest (typically Minnesotans and North Dakotans) often prepare and consume. The hot dish may comprise various ingredients but often includes meat, starch, canned vegetables, and soup.

The most prominent type of hot dish is the Tater Tot hot dish, which usually includes ground beef, onions, green beans, corn, cream of mushroom soup, and tater tots (of course). Other common types of hot dishes include Green Bean, Tuna Noodle, Shepherd's Inn, Wild Rice, Ham & Cheese, and Meatball.

Origin of hot dish

The origin of "hot dish" is unclear, but it gained popularity in the Upper Midwest (unofficial cuisine of Minnesota) among large farm families and church get-togethers. The food became a favorite of many Scandinavian communities because it was easy to make in large quantities to feed big groups of people, cost-effective, and good for warming up people's insides during frigid evenings. Additionally, the ingredients would often come from things produced on local farms, such as animals, vegetables, and dairy.


Uff da. I just heard Tina's grandma passed away
Yeah, I'm bringing over a hot dish tomorrow for the family
Classic Tater Tot hot dish served at a Minnesota get-together
Classic Tater Tot hot dish served at a Minnesota get-together

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Updated April 17, 2023

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