How Many Roasted Potatoes Per Person For a Crowd

How Many Roast Potatoes Per Person For A Big Family Gathering

Potatoes are a favorite staple of any meal. Baked, fried, and roasted–it doesn’t matter how you cook them. The only problem you will have is ensuring you have enough roasted potatoes to serve everyone. Word of advice when determining how many roast potatoes per person for a big group– always consider seconds and thirds! 

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How Many Roasted Potatoes Per Person?

When serving a group of people roasted potatoes you need to figure a little over half a pound per person. Therefore, if you are serving a group of 50 people, you will need to roast around 30 pounds of potatoes. This amount will ensure a little extra for second and third servings.  

To account for a little shrinkage and weight loss with peeling, soaking and cooking I would go with 10-12 oz of uncooked potatoes per person. (this accounts for a few people having seconds) They are relatively cheap to buy compared to protein.

I would also serve 4 medium to large-sized roast potatoes per person at a Christmas Dinner or similar.

A Handy Table with Exact Amounts of Potatoes to Serve a Crowd

  • For a small group of 4 people serve 3 lbs or 16 medium sized roast potatoes
  • 10 people serve 40 cut roasted potatoes. Purchase 6.5 lbs of raw potatoes
  • 20 people serve 80 cut roasted potatoes. Purchase 13 lbs of raw potatoes
  • 50 people serve 200 cut roasted potatoes. Purchase 35lbs of raw potatoes
  • 100 people serve 400 cut roasted potatoes. Purchase 65-70 lbs of raw potatoes

How to Calculate the Number of Roasted Potatoes Per Person

An average serving of roasted potato is between 8 and 12 ounces. When determining how many roast potatoes per person for a big group average 10 ounces per person. Instead of having to worry about how much each potato weighs, just purchase them by the pound. For a group of 50 people, you will need approximately 32 pounds of baked potatoes. This will also be enough to account for those who want second or third servings. 

How many roast potatoes is a serving?
How many roast potatoes is a serving?

How Can I Keep Roasted Potatoes Warm?

How do you keep fully cooked potatoes warm? Once you ensure the internal temperature is at least 185 Fahrenheit, remove from the oven and wrap it individually in foil. The best way to store baked potatoes is in the drawer of a heated bread warmer. This way you can ensure the potatoes are nice and toasty when your guests are prepared to eat. 

How Do I Roast Potatoes for a Large Group?

 When planning a dinner or luncheon for a big group it takes a lot of planning and thought. Besides ensuring plenty of food, you want the food to be ready to eat all at once. The way to do this when roasting potatoes is by placing all the potatoes individually onto the oven rack. Cook the potatoes until the internal temperature is at least 185 Fahrenheit and then wrap each in foil. The foil will retain the potatoes heat, so they are toasty warm when your guest unwraps them. 

How Long Does it Take to Roast Potatoes for 50 Guests?

 It usually takes approximately one hour and 30 minutes to bake 50 potatoes in an oven heated to 400 Fahrenheit. This is taking into consideration the potatoes are average size, between 8 and 10 ounces each, and your oven heats at a true temperature. When planning a dinner for 50 guests, roast the potatoes two hours in advance. This allows for time to plan and prepare other side dishes and the main course. 

Can I Roast Potatoes Before the Party and Reheat to Serve?

Yes. Potatoes can be baked/roasted prior to the event and kept warm for as long as six hours. It’s easy once you learn how to prepare roasted potatoes for a big group. In addition, you can reheat potatoes that have been baked before the party. Just put in an oven preheated to 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10 minutes. The potatoes will be just as warm and tasty as they were when you first baked them! 

How many Roasties do I need per person?
How many Roasties do I need per person?

Does Wrapping Potatoes in Foil Make them Cook Faster?

Although wrapping the potatoes in foil does make them bake faster, this method alters the potatoes’ consistency. When baking without wrapping in foil first the skin will be slightly more crispy. If your guests prefer a boiled or steamed potato consistency, then wrap in foil prior to baking. 

Can Roasted Potatoes be Frozen and Thawed Prior to the Event?

You can absolutely freeze the potatoes you have baked prior to your catering event. Individually wrap aluminum foil around each potato once baking is finished. Then put them in the freezer until completely frozen. To ensure freshness, put a second layer of aluminum foil over each frozen potato. Next, put all the foil-wrapped potatoes into a zip-lock plastic bag and store them in the freezer until needed. To reheat frozen potatoes place in 350 degrees Fahrenheit, preheated oven for 45 minutes to an hour. This will ensure all potatoes are completely heated and ready to serve! 

How Big Do I Cut The Potato Chunks or Cubes for Roast Potatoes

If you want to roast potatoes, then cut them into cubes rather than chunks. This way they cook faster and don’t dry out. However, if you like your potatoes to be fluffy, then cut them into large chunks.

What Does Baking Soda Do to Roast Potatoes?

Baking soda will help break down the potato “pectin” plus it will also tend to draw the component “starch” to the top or surface of the potato. What this does is enhance the golden brown color you get on the surface of the potato and tends to make them more crispy which we all like.

Also when roasting use a little unsalted butter it will also give a lovely golden brown color and flavor to your roast potatoes just brush it on.

How To Add Baking Soda To Roast Potatoes

Add a pinch of baking soda or even soak them in a water bath for 15 minutes.

How Many Small Roasties Potatoes per Person
How Many Small Roasties Potatoes per Person

What Type of Potatoes to Use for The Best Roast Potatoes

To make the best roast potatoes, use russet potatoes. They are not too starchy, which means they absorb moisture well and hold the shape you have cut them in. This makes them perfect for roasting. Russets also have a high sugar content, which helps them brown nicely when roasted.

Yukon Gold is also good for roasting they have a slightly less starch content and a little bit more sugar. This tends to give more flavor to the roast potato and lightly dark color. 

Top 10 Best Potatoes For Roasting

  1. Desiree potatoes
  2. Russet Burbank
  3. Yukon Gold
  4. Red Bliss, Idaho
  5. Purple Peruvian
  6. Yellow Finn
  7. Kipfler Potatoes
  8. Agria Potatoes
  9. Sebago Potatoes from Maine
  10. Sweet Red Potato

These potatoes are all great for baking, boiling, and mashing. They also hold up well when roasted.

How to add flavoring rubs to roast potatoes

You know how much we love our roasted potatoes. But if you’ve never tried adding flavorings to them before, you might be surprised by what happens when you do.

It’s true that most potato recipes call for salt and pepper, but why stop there? Add a dash of garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, paprika, or any number of other spices to give your potatoes a kick.

And if you really want to go wild, try adding a little butter or olive oil to rosemary and garlic mix and gently rub on the potatoes before roasting.

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