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How big a turkey for 6 people?

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  1. I am doing a 20+ pound turducken for 5 adults and 3 kids., we want alot of leftovers.

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    1. re: swsidejim

      You are going to have an ungodly amount of leftovers.

      1. re: jpc8015

        Thats all good with me.

        My guests will get sent home with leftovers, I'll have alot to eat over the next few days(cant have too much cajun duck, turkey, and chicken in my diet), and I support the local cook/restaurant who is preparing the tuducken. win-win-win.

        If there are still leftovers Ill hook up my drinking buddies(neighbors) with some

        no one goes hungry, or thirsty when I have a gathering.

    2. I'd say 10 lbs would be good. you'll have leftovers you can finish

      1. The rule of thumb is that you need 1 pound per person. And if you're doing the whole feast with all the sides, that should be plenty. A 10- to 12-pounder would feed everybody well with ample, but not overwhelming, leftovers.

        1. Here's my rule of thumb: For 2-8 people, get a 12-14 pounder. For more people, get two 12-14 pounders. I like leftover turkey.

          1. The rule of thumb is 1 lb. per person, but I'm pretty sure you can't find a 6 lb. turkey..lol!

            I'd go with a 10-12 lb. whole turkey or a 7-8 lb. breast.