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meat quantity for 200
Julie
03/25/13
working up a menu for my daughter's wedding reception buffet for 200. Considering spiral ham and chicken breast wrapped in bacon baked on a bed of dried beef in a gravy of mushroom soup and sour cream. Not finding exactly what I think I need in your charts, so I have 3 questions...is spiral ham a good choice first of all and given that it is presliced thin how many slices would I need along side the chicken. I saw the ratio of beef to chicken in oz. but how many servings of chicken would I prepare? Planning to get the quick frozen pieces that come in exact portion size by weight.
ellen
03/25/13
For buffet service, you need 1 piece of chicken per person PLUS 1 pound of ham per 5 people. Use the 4-6 ounce raw pieces, not the 6-8 ounce size.

You will have some left, but not too much, and everyone will get their frst choice.

Julie
03/25/13
Do you have a recipe listed for a mandarin orange lettuce salad? Or is there another listing equivalent I can go by? Am I correct that broccoli salad is comparable to cole slaw for quantity needed on your chart...pound for pound broccoli for cabbage?
ellen
03/25/13
The broccoli slaw thing works pretty well.

The mandarin orange lettuce salad, you can use any strawberry salad recipe, see this thread:

www.ellenskitchen.com/forum/messages/40025.html

You need about 1 1/2 times as much lettuce by weight, it is heavier than the spinach.

Julie
03/25/13
Sorry...confused...for the mandarin orange lettuce salad I need 1.5 lbs of lettuce for 16 servings? Are you recommending broccoli slaw over broccoli (floret) salad?
ellen
03/25/13
Sorry for the unclarity. No, any broccoli is OK. And yes, 1.5 for 16 servings.
Marion Haas
03/26/13
I am doing a graduation party and need to know how much meat to buy. Want to make turkey and gravy sandwiches and ham sandwiches. We also will have salads. I want to buy the whole turkeys and ham with bone in.
ellen
03/27/13
Marion, it appears you posted twice, see the other one.
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