The Secret Password is “Round Egg.”

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Want a real egg on your McDonald’s Breakfast sandwich? Of course you do. This Serious Eats post  lets you in on how to make it happen: ask for a “round egg.” Why settle for an awkward egg patty when you can have a real egg cooked in a ring on the flattop? It’s the little things that make a big difference. Observe…

Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt

Not that I’m condoning regular consumption of McDonald’s breakfast, but if you find yourself on a road trip, in need of sustenance and options are few, I’d recommend an egg-and-cheeese concoction over donuts or a pastry and sugary coffee fluff drink. It’s slightly closer to the  real-food end of the spectrum, and it offers up some protein and fat to keep you satisfied rather than just a bunch of sugar (hello, highway hypnosis). I’m not going to tell you not to enjoy it with the bacon if you can’t stand to go without, but you know, just make that your one “bacon meal” for the weekend. Balance.

What are your go-to road trip foods? 

15 thoughts on “The Secret Password is “Round Egg.”

    Emily said:
    March 24, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    They really give you a real egg if you ask for it?! I never knew that! I hate stopping for fast food on trips but sometimes, it is the only option. But honestly I’d rather stuff my face with trailmix until we find the next decent restaurant or even Starbucks so I can get a muffin or something.

      Jess responded:
      March 24, 2013 at 10:05 pm

      Haha yeah—I always end up being over-prepared and bringing lots of snacks. I think I was scarred by a crappy roadtrip to and from a funeral with my family back when I was still eating mainly vegetarian. “Lunch” was V-8 juice and a couple of Babybel cheese things. I was not a happy camper.

    Jenn Sutkowski said:
    March 25, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Mmm…. “bacon meal.” Just kidding. Good tip on the round egg! Who knew?

    I don’t really have any good road trip go-tos. Sadly I find it an excuse sometimes to get corn nuts, which, I suppose in the grand scheme of things aren’t the worst snack in the world … but not great. I don’t like to eat more meat than usual but sometimes I’ll get some jerky as a high protein (though also equally high sodium) snack. Man — there really need to be more healthy road trip options, huh?

    Bringing snacks is a great idea. Your mom saved me at the last road trip funeral with a handful of raw almonds.

      Jess responded:
      March 26, 2013 at 1:11 pm

      I kind of giggled writing “bacon meal.” Haha I don’t think I’ve ever actually tried corn nuts, but there are plenty of worse things! I can totally see jerky being a lot more filling that, like, a granola bar. It’s too bad there aren’t more healthy options, but I feel like there are more than there used to be. I like dry roasted edamame. If I could eat almonds, that would probably be one of my go-to things, but these are a good consolation for me. I find that apples travel pretty well too.

        Jenn Sutkowski said:
        March 26, 2013 at 2:23 pm

        Mm. Dry roasted edamame! That’s new to me! Will have to check it out. A homemade trail mix might also be a good option – corn nuts could go in it for the crunch but it could consist of other things. Fruit really seems the way to go. Man, it’s a bummer on your tree nuts allergy. But I guess sometimes we can become more creative when there are parameters (which it always sounds like you are able to do).

        Do you think any dried fruit in particular is healthy? Or is it just packed with sugar and not worth it?

    Jess responded:
    March 27, 2013 at 1:37 am

    I’m a big fan—aside from tasting great, they have a lot of fiber and protein. I love the idea of homemade trail mix too. I think a little bit of dried fruit can be ok if it’s used as, like, an accent, you know?

      Jess responded:
      March 27, 2013 at 1:38 am

      Oh yeah, by “accent,” I mean in small amounts, kind of as a seasoning, if that makes sense! Haha I think I’ve spent a little too much time with microsoft excel today—my brain is tired!

      Jenn Sutkowski said:
      March 27, 2013 at 12:36 pm

      Totally makes sense! 🙂

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