Holidays shouldn’t be a time for portion control (unless you really feel inclined!) but you should have a good sense of how much food you’ll need to buy and serve.
Whether you’d like the post-Thanksgiving table to be free and clear, or chock full of leftovers (yes, please), here’s a great guide to the amount of food you’ll need to serve.
And, whether you’re serving your immediate family or every cousin you’ve ever known, you should know how to double, triple, or even exponentially increase your grocery list, cooking time, and of course, the size of your turkey.
It’s not an exact science, but it will help you make sure that there’s enough gravy for all the mashed potato volcanoes, and enough wine for everyone to relax into a nice, long coma-nap.
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Karen Lo is an associate editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @appleplexy.