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April 12, 2016 9:46 PM   Subscribe

What is your favourite make ahead road food/snack?

I've got an upcoming road-trip (two days out and two days back) with four adults and two toddlers. Rather than sitting in restaurants we plan to eat at parks/rest stops along the way to give the kids a chance to stir around.

So I'm looking for some make ahead foods that can be eaten cold, preferably without cutlery and that aren't too messy. Sandwiches of all sorts are obvious (thinking about a Shooter's) but then I stumbled across these pepperoni rolls that would be wizard as a road snack and I figure why not change up our food too.

Previous [1.2.3]. So what would you make?
posted by Mitheral to Food & Drink (10 answers total) 26 users marked this as a favorite
Chex mix!
posted by papayaninja at 9:52 PM on April 12, 2016

Spam musubi!

It's a roadtrip staple in our household. If you don't cut the rolls (or at most, cut a roll in half) they can be eaten one-handed like a burrito. Wrap in a layer of wax paper and then a layer of foil for best results.
posted by jamaro at 10:00 PM on April 12, 2016 [3 favorites]

Bierocks or pasties. They'd have to be kept in a cooler, but they're great at room temp.
posted by mishafletch at 10:07 PM on April 12, 2016 [1 favorite]

Lumpia, summer rolls, onigiri, kimbap! All of those can be customized, and at least with onigiri and kimbap, it's pretty easy to make a few different ones to accommodate different eaters in the family.

We used to pick up this amazing pepperoni bread sometimes when I was a kid, but it sounds like you're covered for pepperoni. In the junk food category, though, muddy buddies/puppy chow.
posted by wintersweet at 10:27 PM on April 12, 2016

Ezra Pound Cake Cheese Straws are my go-to road trip snack. A little crumbly but v tasty.
posted by Beti at 11:02 PM on April 12, 2016

Pretzel rolls with hard salami, cheddar cheese and honey mustard keep well and are absolutely delicious. Smoked salmon and scallion cream cheese bagels are also easy and filling, and I don't think anyone would object to PBJ on Hawaiian bread or Nutella and cream cheese on pumpernickel raisin rolls. Make several of each, wrap individually, throw them in a cooler, and you're good to go. A dozen peeled hardboiled eggs in a ziplock bag make for an easy low-carb snack, and you can't go wrong with homemade trail mix.
posted by Bassariscus at 11:05 PM on April 12, 2016 [1 favorite]

Suddenly I'm seeing Kolache all over the place. They can be sweet or savory. Nothing wrong with that!
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 4:28 AM on April 13, 2016

Dates stuffed with goat cheese are a go-to for me. You could also use a good hard cheese.
posted by betsybetsy at 5:21 AM on April 13, 2016

Nthing spam musubi! They are soooooo goooood and they really do hold up well for at least a day.

I'd say if you're feeling really ambitious, manapuas or some other kind of bao are also really good portable food stuffs.
posted by helloimjennsco at 6:34 AM on April 13, 2016

We travelled with Olive-Cheese spread when I was a kid:
mix 1 stick of butter, 1 jar of Kraft Old English Cheese spread, 1 8 oz package of cream cheese and 1/2 to 3/4 cup of chopped green olives with an electric mixer. Pack it into a tupperware container, chuck it in the cooler.

Spread onto pieces of french bread or Triscuits at rest stops. Knives optional.

It is also really good to take to a party, which is what we are more inclined to do nowadays.
posted by sarajane at 9:25 AM on April 13, 2016 [2 favorites]

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