Discussion in 'Community Board' started by luvwinnie, Dec 16, 2009.
for 9 people? I think 5 lbs. would be fine. I'm finding conflicting info. Thanks!
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Where are all the cooking experts?
Well I am no expert and I have never cooked a filet roast.
But about 1/2 a pound per person sounds like plenty!
Enjoy! How are you going to cook it?
I put a Kosher salt rub on my prime rib roast last year and it was the best I ever had.
That's only 8 oz per person, and meat shrinks as you cook it so you be the judge if that's enough. Me, I would go for 12 oz per person. Envision an 8 oz filet at a restaurant, it isn't much. For a holiday meal I would want people to be stuffed so I would go bigger.
Yes, shrinkage can be pretty bad. If I had to prepare a roast for 9 people, I'd buy an 8-10 pound roast *minimum*. Truthfully, that's cutting it close. I'd much rather have too much than too little. Would hate people to feel ill at ease about taking too much and not having enough to go around.
Most likely I would get a 10lb roast .
wow. Ok thanks everyone. A few of us definitely eat more on the 8 oz. side especially with the appetizers, but I will go larger. Making it with a mushroom wine sauce.
Wow...you guys must be huge meat eaters!
Since the recommended serving size for meat is 3 oz, and allowing that 1 lb. of uncooked filet will give you 12 oz. of cooked meat...a five-pound roast would give you 20 'official' servings. I would think that double the recommended serving size should be adequate for most people. Are any of the 9 people small eaters or children?
3 oz of filet is MAYBE 3 forkfuls. Actually, the recommended serving size from what I understand is about a deck of cards- but on a holiday, I would want someone to eat till they are full because who diets/watches portion sizes on a holiday? Not me.
About 4 of us are not big eaters...
I guess my version of a forkful must be different than others! There's no way I could eat a deck-of-cards-sized piece of meat in even 6 bites!
OP - only you can say what kind of eaters you will have. I cooked a 2 lb. pork roast tonight and fed five adults and two children, with leftovers. But, we're also people who lean towards quality over quantity. When I'm cooking for myself, I only eat about 3 oz. of steak, but I buy the best meat I can afford and I make sure that it is prepared just the way I like it.
I agree with the other posters, though, that I'd rather err on the side of having too much food than too little.
THREE OUNCES of meat ??!!!!! hahaha are you serious? if you went to a restaurant and they put down a three ounce steak you would think you were on a Hidden Camera show! that is a VERY VERY small portion of meat for a Holiday meal. You need to plan for more like 10-12 ounces at least per person. If you look at ANY decent steakhouse menu, the steaks are between 10-18 oz. per person, not that they need to be that big, but 8 ounces per person is just not a very big portion. At a lot of restaurants an 8oz portion is called the "princess cut" or the "petite" cut of meat, its usually the smallest they sell. I know good meat is expensive, but if you are going to do it, you want to do it right, buy bigger and save the leftovers, that is much better than running out.
I agree with you. I went to birthday party last night at a local steakhouse. The smallest portion offered was a 10 oz. petite cut. None of the women ordered it. They all ordered the "Cowgirl" which was 18 oz. They all ate nearly every bite.
None of the girls in my family could eat that! I'd get the petite cut definitely. I eat often, but not a lot at one time.
I buy one pound per person so I am sure after cooking that everybody can have as much as they want. I would get 2 roasts.
....sorry, I never checked the weight of the meat when I had purchased some on sale last week, but it was about 16-18 in long, and I had the butcher cut it into 1-1/2" slices. I wound up with 9 pieces - everyone was fine with one piece each, except for my DH, who ate another half a piece of a second one. The leftovers were fine for the next day....
The rule of thumb that I've always used is 1lb per person for boneless roasts and 1.5 lbs per person for chicken or turkey. My Christmas turkey, heaven help me, is 19 lbs - for 8 people. I'm sure that ds14 will eat half of it himself.
Yes, the "serving size" recommendation is 3 oz, but 2-3 servings are recommended. Most people that I know don't eat meat at breakfast/lunch, so get their servings at dinner.
There is no fat on a filet roast, so there should be minimal shrinking at the most. OP, I would think that size would be enough for one serving PP, but all you need is one big eater and then others will come up short. Especially if it is delicious! Are you going to slice it into medallions?
What I would do is make sure there is extra, because the leftovers will be wonderful the next day!
BTW, if you are going by recommended serving size of a deck of cards, that is 4 oz.
Great, now I want filet mignon for breakfast.
Put it this way. You're going to want to serve everyone a filet which is at a very minimum 1 inch thick. Two would be nicer. One and a half would be fine. So eyeball your roast. You'll want a roast that is at least a foot in width and preferably more like 16 inches. This, in my opinion will likely weigh in at around 9-11 lbs. And whatever you do....do NOT destroy a wonderful cut like a filet by overcooking it. Medium rare is the limit! (And let the roast get to room temp before putting it in the oven/ and let the roast sit for 15 minutes afterwards before carving)
just another suggestion, we do a filet roast for Christmas but I usually have 13 people for dinner (including kids). I usually do a spiral ham from Costco along with the roast. (sorry I am no help with the pounds as my mom usually gets it and goes with the butcher's recommendation) but just to make sure everyone is full you might want to consider adding another meat (a small ham or turkey breast).
Good luck I know it will be yummy! This has been the best idea I have ever had for a special meal and everyone looks forward to it.
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