I love sitting down to eat Thanksgiving dinner with the rest of my family. At our average family holiday dinner, we can have anywhere from 6 (myself, my wife and kids) to 18 people eating food from our table. We have found ourselves running out of food far too early, and we have found ourselves with so many leftovers that we have no idea what to do with them all. Wouldn't a guide explaining exactly how to plan out how much food you will need based on how many people you are expecting make things a lot easier?
Here is what you need to know.
For turkey, you should buy a turkey that has 1.5 pounds of uncooked meat per person who will be at your dinner. If you have a lot of big eaters, bump that weight up to around 2 pounds per person.
When you are talking about gravy, which is always a hot commodity at a holiday dinner, you should plan for at least a 1/2 cup of brown gold per person. Even then you may run out fairly quickly, this is just a baseline.
Another favorite on the dinner table, for mashed potatoes you should have around 1.5 uncooked medium potatoes per person. That should also leave me you with a little bit left over for the next day.