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May 9, 2007 08:24 AM

Dinner party - How much meat per person? Help pls!

I'm hosting a casual dinner for 10 people to celebrate my sister's graduation in a few weeks. I have my menu set:

Grilled shrimp
Steamed clams

Steak tips
Chicken thighs
Assorted breads and rolls

Make your own sundaes

I need some help on how much meat to buy. 2 guests only eat chicken, 1 guest doesn't eat chicken. So 7 might eat both, 2 chicken, 1 beef. Any ideas??? Help?

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  1. Plan on 1/3 to 1/2 pound of beef for each person, and at least 1 piece of chicken for each. If 9 people eat chicken, I'd buy 11 thighs, just to be safe. With all the other food you probably won't need this much, but it's better to have left overs than not enough food for your guests.
    Of course, all this depends on the gender split of the group and how much each person eats. God, it's like a word problem from grade school.

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    1. re: ajs228


      I'd say go with 1/3 pound of beef per beef eater. A half pound is a pretty hefty portion considering everything else you are serving. And make more chicken than you think you need. Better to make chicken salad the next day from leftovers than run out at a dinner party.

      1. re: GroovinGourmet

        Agree- being a nice Jewish girl, I always have tons of food.... if there's too much leftover (if such a thing could happen) you can always send food home w/ your guests.

        1. re: laurendlewis

          Thank you for the help! I've order 1/3 per person of the tips and lots of chicken thighs. Cheers :-)