# Question: How Much Food Do You Need For Thanksgiving?

## How many potatoes do you need for Thanksgiving?

Gravy: Plan for ⅓ cup of gravy per person.

Green beans: 1½ pounds of beans make 6 to 8 servings.

Mashed potatoes: A 5-pound bag of potatoes makes 10 to 12 servings.

Stuffing: A 14-ounce bag of stuffing makes about 11 servings..

## How many pounds of food are eaten Thanksgiving?

88% of Americans surveyed by the National Turkey Federation eat turkey on Thanksgiving. 46 million turkeys are eaten each Thanksgiving, 22 million on Christmas and 19 million turkeys on Easter. In 2011, 736 million pounds of turkey were consumed in the United States.

## What time should I start Thanksgiving dinner?

When you should start cooking: A couple hours before dinnertime. “Mashed potatoes are best served when they’re hot and just made,” Holzman said. To keep them hot until dinner is served, put them in a dish on a low flame on the stove or on low heat in the oven.

## How far ahead can I make mashed potatoes?

Mashed potatoes can be made almost completely ahead. Do nearly everything – boil, peel and mash; stir in milk and salt – up to two days ahead. Before serving, reheat. Adding butter at the last minute makes them taste freshly mashed.

## How many potatoes do I need for 4 people?

How much Mashed Potatoes should you make? As a side dish, you should plan on 1/2 pound of potatoes per person. That means if you are planning on 10 people, use 5 pounds of potatoes. 4 people, use 2 pounds of potatoes.

## How many potatoes is 3 pounds?

Generally, three medium russet potatoes or eight to 10 small new white potatoes equal one pound. One pound of russet potatoes equals approximately 3-1/2 cups chopped or 2 to 3 cups mashed.

## How much does the average Thanksgiving meal cost?

The American Farm Bureau Federation’s 34th annual survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is \$48.91, or less than \$5.00 per person. This is a 1-cent increase from last year’s average of \$48.90.

## What should I cook for the first Thanksgiving dinner?

Here’s Exactly When To Cook Every Dish For Thanksgiving DinnerSoup. Fall soups make great starters for Turkey Day dinner, and luckily they can be made a week or so ahead. … Gravy. … Turkey. … Stuffing. … Casseroles. … Salads & Cold Sides. … Cranberry Sauce. … Mashed Potatoes.More items…•

## What is a typical Thanksgiving meal?

A traditional Thanksgiving dinner consists of roast turkey, turkey stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, corn, dinner rolls, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie.

## How can I eat the most on Thanksgiving?

How to Eat as Much as Possible on ThanksgivingDon’t skip breakfast. You’ll eat too fast if you go in starving. … Go for a brisk walk right before dinner. … Take a few deep breaths before you start eating. … Start out with carbs, like stuffing and mashed potatoes. … Don’t eat any vegetables. … Take a break and go for another walk. … (Popular Science)

## How early can you prep for Thanksgiving?

1 Week Before: Plan Ahead for Leftovers Make it easy on yourself (and guests) by having containers and bags at the ready. Leftovers will need to be wrapped up within a few hours of finishing your meal, so better to be prepared.

## What time should Thanksgiving dinner start?

I have tried to discern when, in fact, the average American family sits down to Thanksgiving dinner, and unfortunately I came upon conflicting results. According to the market-research firm the NPD Group, a little more than a third of Thanksgiving meals start between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., and the peak start time is six.