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RV Cooking: Power up the morning with this grab-and-drive dish

We love egg salad on Mary's Gone Crackers, this quick morning meal served up while exploring Joshua Tree National Park near Palm Springs, Calif. (Leslie Kelly)
We love egg salad on Mary's Gone Crackers, this quick morning meal served up while exploring Joshua Tree National Park near Palm Springs, Calif. (Leslie Kelly)

Life on the road often means making tracks first thing in the morning. No time for a leisurely meal when you've got a bunch of miles to cover, or places to explore. While we both love fruit and yogurt and granola as an eye-opener -- along with plenty of coffee, black, no room for cream, thanks -- egg salad has become the go-to savory snack that makes sense when we're cruising down the highway, or hiking up the trail.

It's easy to make, especially if you buy the already hard-boiled eggs -- please don't judge me, I hate peeling the home-cooked version. I cut them up in a bowl using kitchen shears. A generous squirt of mayo, a spoonful of Dijon mustard, salt and pepper and you're good to hit the road. Our arrangement is the co-pilot hands an egg salad-topped cracker to the driver for a perfect one-bite shot of protein. This ritual continues until the serving's toast.

I wasn't always a fan of egg salad. It might be because my dear grandmother, Nana, to her large crew of grandkids, used Miracle Whip to make it, and, no offense if you're a MW lover, but YUCK! Keep your sticky sweet spread away from my hard-boiled eggs, K?

When we lived in Memphis, deviled eggs and egg salad made in the South were a whole different beast, savory and creamy and, yes, of course, I'll have some more. Just one of the many reasons I have such fond memories of my time there. 

Traveling through that region this spring, I saw many variations of both, including a deviled egg potato salad. Add some bacon bits, and that just might be in contention for the next road food snack. Though I don't think it would work as well on a cracker. 



Leslie Kelly
Leslie Kelly is a freelance writer.