Wednesday, November 7, 2012


      There are several things you will need to consider before making your shopping list for Thanksgiving Dinner.

      The serving suggestions listed below are for an average serving per guest.  "Servings come in many sizes: small, medium, large, hungry-man and child.  If you want to provide "seconds" or leftovers for another day, you'll want to possibly double the serving size suggestions.

     The time of day can affect how much a guest will eat.  If your meal begins somewhere close to noon, guests may have skipped breakfast in anticipation of your feast.  Along those lines, if it is early in the day, guests may linger and have seconds aka dinner.

     If you are serving multiple side dishes, some guests will take only 1/2 a serving and will skip some sides altogether.

     Because we do like cold turkey sandwiches the day after Thanksgiving, I normally double all of these serving size suggestions.

                                         serves 5                           serves 25
turkey  -                       3 lb turkey breast           15 lb whole turkey  
mashed potatoes -        1 1/2 lbs                        6 lbs, whole potatoes
cranberry sauce -         1 - 14 oz can                  5 -14 oz cans
vegetables                    1 lb                                5 lbs
beverages (8 oz)           1/2 gallon                      1 1/2 to 2 gallons
bread                           1/2 doz rolls                  4 doz rolls                        
butter                           1/4 lb                            2 1/4 lbs
ice cream 1/2 cup         1 quart                          3 quarts
pie ( 9 inch cut in 8ths)  1 pie                             3-4 pies  

     I hope this helps everyone to lessen the possible stress caused by a great Thanksgiving meal.


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