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Old 09-10-2009, 10:41 AM   #11
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For the benefit of the others, are you offering a dinner for family/friends or a complicated holiday smorgasbord? Throw in a few extra potatoes, forget spending unnecessary extra time in the kitchen beyond what you have already planned, and enjoy your guests instead.
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Old 09-10-2009, 12:04 PM   #12
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I have 5.4lb ... turkey
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I prefer to err on the too much side; however I believe you have plenty of food. However, if you want to give people second choice then I agree, you can make something else, whatever it might be.

I like your menu the way it is and the only thing Id add would be desert. Again I believe you have plenty. You should shoot for about a half a pound of meat per person, and even less for the kid.
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Old 09-10-2009, 01:23 PM   #13
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I would also forget the soup. I like to prepare a turkey breast brushed with herbed butter and place atop root vegetables also brushed with the butter . Roast according to directions.
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Old 09-10-2009, 03:01 PM   #14
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Depends on how you serve it. You can conceivably make that much turkey breast stretch for that many people if you make a stir fry or a pasta dish or something. How were you planning on preparing it?
It's not even a question of "stretching!" 5.4 pounds of turkey breast... is it on or off the bone? If ON, it will depend on how heavy that bone is. but off the bone, there's way more than enough for a generous serving for each.

What are you serving as sides? I'm guessing there will be at least one starch.

Quite frankly most Americans serve (and expect) far too large a portion of everything on their plates. 6 ounces is a generous serving, even though few people serve that "little!" Do your guests a favor and don't stuff them.
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Unless you're running a restaurant, this is unnecessary. Do you know for sure that any of your guests won't enjoy the turkey? That would be the only reason I can see for a second entree.
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Old 09-10-2009, 07:58 PM   #15
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June, see my more recent post for my menu suggestions.

Dan, I meant to ask you if the kids are children or teens. Makes a BIG difference. At least it does in my world! My 13 year old (who is 92lbs soaking wet!) can eat a LOT of turkey, and I'm not even going to mention my other teenager.
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Old 09-10-2009, 11:33 PM   #16
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I think party attendees will fell more comfortable knowing that there is plenty of entree for everyone.

I can eat 5.4 lbs of turkey by myself. Then again, I am a moose.
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Old 09-11-2009, 08:16 AM   #17
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The other question I meant to ask is about serving. How are you serving all this? Are you plating or are you putting it on the table and allowing folks to choose their own portions? Thats generally how I do it as I loathe and despise plating. You need to have some wiggle room if you aren't plating the food yourself.
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You need to have some wiggle room if you aren't plating the food yourself.
True dat!

I would count each teenaged boy as TWO adults for portion purposes.
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Old 09-11-2009, 07:45 PM   #19
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True dat!

I would count each teenaged boy as TWO adults for portion purposes.
Teenaged girls too dang it. Ok, at least if they are athletes/dancers they eat that much. Its a bit scary really.
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