The best part about the holidays is that, while you may spend all day cooking, the leftovers will last you for days – especially the uneaten turkey. Leftover turkey is the delicious aftermath of a wonderful feast. It’s turned into sandwiches, baked into pot pies, nuked in the microwave or just eaten plain out of the fridge. With this in mind, having too little turkey can be disastrous, but how do you choose the right amount of turkey to feed your guests without having too much (or too little) left over?
If you’re in the habit of walking into the grocery and just choosing a “big” or “small” turkey based on rough estimates or the size of your crowd, there’s a better way! The rule of thumb for turkey shopping is to buy 1 pound to 1.5 pounds of turkey per person. If your guests are big eaters, stick with the 1.5 pounds per person. Conversely, if you’re serving a lot of kids, 1 pound per person should be plenty. When it comes to feeding a group, just remember: it’s always better to have a little too much than not enough.
This amount will allow you a hearty main dinner and a few leftovers for you to snack on once the feast is finished!