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Oct. Wedding
How much Turkey breast would i need to buy raw to cook for 130 people?
I am having a wedding reception for about 175 guest on October 16, 2010 next week.I am having ham, shrimp fried and boiled, meatballs, chicken tenders,red beans and rice with smoked sausage, 7 layer salad, broccoli casserol, corn, creamed potatoes,but I am worring about not having enough. I have gotton about 175 RSVP men, women, and children I just don't know how many servings of each to plan for. I don't really want to run out and on the other hand I don't want to have a so much food I could have feed and army. Do I figure each meat and each side to serve 175.
Pricilla, see the turkey yield tables in the holiday cooking section at the top of the Big Pots index. You want 6 ounces ready to eat as the minimum for a party size meal.
Charlene, you have left this pretty late. I usually have the reader make an estimate first, but in this case you don't have time.

If you have 175 RSVP's, you need to plan for 200.

You need all of these:
ham, 1 pound ready to eat per 5 persons
shrimp fried and boiled, 3-4 fried PLUS 3-4 ounces boiled per person
meatballs, 1 pound per 5
chicken tenders, 1 pound per 4
With the red beans and rice, this is more meats/entrees than I would do for this size group, so you have to have more food so everyone can have their first choice.

red beans and rice with smoked sausage,
If the rice is cooked separately, it will act as a side dish for several of the items, so you need more, about 12 pounds dry rice for the party. If it is like a jambalaya, you would do only about 1/2 cup per person of the mixture.

7 layer salad, 200 servings

broccoli casserole, 16 9x13 pans, about 8 gallons
corn, 6 gallons

creamed potatoes, start with 55-60 pounds potatoes