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Some questions on the Hotline have staying power, and for good reason—they cover the questions we ask ourselves time and time again. Join us as we revisit some of the most popular.
Today: The best foods for a long flight.
With airplane food, you're lucky if your meal includes a salvageable roll, butter, and a packaged cookie or two. And when the flight attendant plunks down a plastic tray in front of you on a long flight, it's likely that you'll see congealed pasta cooked into limp submission or mystery meat swimming in an even more mysterious sauce. To avoid the inevitable disappointment, the solution is simple: pack your own food.
But not all foods are plane ready. Over on the Hotline, nzle asks the age-old question of what food to bring on an 11-hour plane ride—anything that's "filling, easy to pack, stores/ages well, and isn't too messy to eat," she says. While the in-flight entertainment might include box office bombs, you can control the eats.
From the deli case
- ChefJune is a fan of cold roast chicken, beef, pork, or lamb, "either in sandwiches or chunked into salad."
- Linzarella lobbies for cheese and charcuterie, which won't spoil on the flight.
- The TSA will confiscate a wheel of runny cheese, warns HalfPint, "but if that cheese is inside a baguette or pieces of bread, that's alright."
- Amysarah says a sandwich, like pan bagnat or ham and cheese, "trumps all." Minipanda agrees, citing the prosciutto and butter combination from Amanda's book as a "go-to."
Savory, stuffed pockets
- Onigiri are Sadassa_Ulna's first choice.
- Beyondcelery packs a homemade calzone.
- PistachioDoughnut suggests potato or onion pierogi, which are great with "just a little bit of curry powder."
- Maggiesara says, "eggs are king when traveling" and loves Persian kuku, a frittata-esque dish "stuffed with just about anything," including herbs, barberries, and chopped walnuts.
- Aussiefoodie mixes egg, cream, and fillings like cheese and mushrooms, then bakes it in puff pastry for "a meal in a single-serve portion."
- Maedl opts for the tried-and-true boiled egg.
All the pasta(and grain)bilities
- Lost_in_NYC suggests an orzo salad with roasted red peppers. Brooklynite seconds this, opting for "orzo with feta, cherry tomatoes, parsley, and garlic," topped with toasted pine nuts.
- Healthierkitchen thinks a quinoa or farro salad would make a mighty fine mid-flight meal.
- Allieyum loves lentils.
- Aargersi has two words: "FIG NEWTONS!"
- Sam1148 thinks cookies make for a good between-meal snack.
- Many users (like amysarah, minipanda, and healthierkitchen) agree: Chocolate is awesome.
What foods do you take on a flight? Tell us in the comments below!