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National Minnesota Day – Cooking a Hotdish

March 1st is National Minnesota Day. Minnesota is known as the “Land of 10,000 lakes”. In the shallow waters of the lakes in central and northern Minnesota, wild rice naturally grows. To celebrate Amy’s roots of Minnesota, we’re sharing a wild rice hotdish recipe from my Grandma Bislow’s “The Bislow Family & Friends Recipe Collection”. She gathered recipes from friends and family in the area surrounding Two Harbors, Minnesota. In 1985, she published it and had it printed by The Country Printers, which was the print shop my Dad owned in Mahtowa, Minnesota.

Hotdishes are a staple in many Minnesota households! You might be wondering what is a hotdish… well nothing more than a casserole. Most are made with a can cream of chicken or cream of mushroom soup. We’ve updated the recipe with our delicious wild rice bulk bratwurst. Enjoy!


1 cup wild rice 2 cups celery chopped

1/2 tsp salt 1 can cream of chicken soup

4 cups boiling water 1 can mushrooms

2 lbs. B&C Wurst wild rice bratwurst 1 1/2 cups milk

1 medium onion chopped slivered almonds

Cook rice in salted boiling water until tender. Drain and rinse well. Brown bratwurst and onion.

Add remaining ingredients and rice. Bake 1 1/2 hourst at 325 degrees.