How Much To Serve

Whether you are serving up a big pot roast dinner for your family or trying out a new chicken curry for a small dinner party with friends, the key to a successful dinner is having enough meat to go around! Use our easy guidelines below to make sure you’ll have enough meat for everyone at your gathering.

carving a beef roast

Generally, you would allow half a pound per person of boneless meat or three-quarters of a pound per person of bone-in meat.

Here is the amount of meat you will need:                              To serve 4               To serve 6             To serve 12

If you are serving a boneless cut, you can estimate
that each person will eat 1/2 pound of meat.
If everyone consumes 1/2 pound, you’ll need                             2 lbs.                       3 lbs.                       6 lbs.

If you are serving a bone-in cut, figure each guest
will eat 3/4 pound, you’ll need                                                     3 lbs.                       4.5 lbs                      9 lbs.

If you are serving a meat as part of a dish and not as
the main event, like Ham and Potato Au Gratin, figure
that each person will consume 1/4 to 1/3 lb. You’ll need             1.3 lbs.                     2 lbs.                      4 lbs.