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Are you hosting Turkey Day this year? Make it a feast to remember with these recipes and cooking tips.
You Will Need
- Guest list
- Knowledge of portion sizes
- Internet access
Call your guests
Call your guests and find out how many people are coming to Thanksgiving dinner.
Ask about food preferences
Ask your guests about any dietary needs or food preferences they have. If a guest doesn't eat meat, then you don't have to count them in the number of guests eating turkey.
Find out who is bringing what
Find out if any guests are bringing food, how much, and what they are bringing. Use this to determine how much you need to make.
Calculate how much food to make based on the following portion sizes per person: 1 1/2 to 2 pounds of turkey, 1/3 cup of gravy, 1/2 cup of mashed potatoes, 1/2 cup of vegetable side dishes, 1/4 cup of cranberry dressing, 1/2 cup of stuffing, 2 dinner rolls, and 1/8 pie.
Use a spreadsheet
Organize the information you've gathered into a spreadsheet and add it up. There are spreadsheets available online that help you calculate how much food to make for Thanksgiving.
Overestimate how much food to make. Leftovers are often the best part of Thanksgiving dinner. It is better to have too much food than not enough.