I once prepared a Thanksgiving feast for over 50 guests. I was a newlywed, eager to entertain my in-laws. It was a beautiful meal and I am, to this day, still very proud of it. A few years later, I made a more intimate Thanksgiving for eight. My dad and my grandmother were there. The meal was beautiful, but there was no gravy. I had no idea how to make it from scratch. My dad commented and my grandmother said, “I suppose some traditions are lost with each generation”.
Both meals, while beautiful, were stressful. I had no idea how to calculate how much of anything I would need to make. How big of a turkey do I need? How much pie? What about all the side dishes? It can be nerve racking and nothing is more defeating than making a knock-your-socks-off-dish and not having enough–or listening to the family complain they are still eating the fruits of your labor.
Savory.com has a great infographic that does the calculating for the hostess to make the event perfect!
Operation Thanksgiving computation starts now. While we realize our friends and families aren’t all that average, the serving estimates are based on the average adult. Work out the proper poundage and roast it right. Always make enough stuffing, don’t forget those dinner rolls, and definitely don’t forget that people will have more than one piece of the pie. Make the most of the calculations below.