How Much Stuffing You Need for a Large Group

How Much Stuffing You Need for a Large Crowd in 2024

How Much Stuffing do You Need for a Family Party? 

Exactly How Much Stuffing do You Need Per Person?

Feeding Your Family and Friends at thanksgiving with stuffing and food is always fun, but it can also be a challenge – just how do I calculate how much stuffing per guest?

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How Many Pounds Or Cups Of Stuffing Do You Need Per Person?

For the average person, a serving of stuffing is 1/2 of a cup per person.  So when you are making homemade stuffing that should be the stuffing serving per person.

What about store-bought stuffing – The average box of store-bought stuffing mix will serve about 6 people. Or another way of saying this is for every six guests (or family) you will need to buy one box of stuffing.

Box Stuffing Store Bought
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How much stuffing for a 22 lb turkey – you need 18 lbs of stuffing

How Many Cups Or Boxes Of Stuffing For 4 People

  • 2 cups of stuffing for small family roast of 4 people
  • 1 box stuffing
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How much stuffing for 20 people – 10 cups of stuffing

How Many Cups Or Boxes Of Stuffing For 10 People

  • 5 cups of stuffing for 10 people
  • 2.5 boxes stuffing
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How much stuffing for Thanksgiving

How Many Cups Or Boxes Of Stuffing For 25 People

  • 12.5 cups of stuffing for 10 people
  • 6 boxes stuffing
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How Many Cups Or Boxes Of Stuffing For 50 People

  • 25 cups of stuffing for 50 people
  • 12 boxes stuffing
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Olives in stuffing make it serve more people – a great stuffing filler

How Many Cups Or Boxes Of Stuffing For 75 People

  • 35 cups of stuffing for 75 people
  • 18 boxes stuffing
cornbread stuffing for 20 people
Cornbread stuffing for 100 people

How Many Cups Or Boxes Of Stuffing For 100 People

  • 50 cups of stuffing for 100 people
  • 25 boxes stuffing

How Much Cornbread Dressing Do You Need Per Person

For each person, you will need about one cup (or at least 3/4 of a cup) – when you are serving cornbread dressing at thanksgiving dinner I would definitely have a single serving of 8 oz.

One of the main reasons why it is better to have more cornbread dressing than less is because it is relatively cheap to make and yet it helps to fill up and feed your guests in an inexpensive but very tasty manner.

Cups Of Cornbread DressingNumber Of People
4 cups4 to 5 people
8 cups9 to 10 people
16 cups18 to 20 people
32 cups36 to 40 people

What do you put in a Basic Stuffing?

A basic stuffing contains breadcrumbs, onion that is finely chopped, a herb like sage plus salt and pepper. Then to bind the basic stuffing together butter and egg are used. That is it for the most basic and easy stuffing you can make. However, there really is both an art and science to making a good stuffing for a turkey or a chicken. A good homemade stuffing using fresh herbs and special dry bread (cubed bread) can really bring flavor to your stuffed turkey.

Make sure you have enough gravy per person also – see the exact amounts here.

Here is my basic recipe a make in a large bowl for a small turkey or large roast chicken for that family sunday night roast.

  • 3 cups fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1 tsp sage (fresh if possible if not use dried herbs)
  • 2 tbs Butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper

Combine breadcrumbs, onion, sage, butter, and egg in a large bowl and mix well by hand. Season with salt and pepper to taste. That’s is it – a really easy basic stuffing recipe with a basic bread mixture.

How To make Stuffing Tasty
How To Make Stuffing Tasty

When Should I Make More Stuffing

Sometimes, you might not know exactly how many people you need to feed. Your family members or friends, or your kids’ soccer team. Whatever the case may be, it’s important to make sure that if they are a bit more hungry than the average family then a great way to make the turkey roast go further is to bake and make some extra stuffing.

This extra stuffing can be made in a casserole dish in the oven. You can also use a crock pot (crock pot stuffing is really delicious) slow cooker or at a pinch wrap it in a baking sheet of aluminum foil and put it in the oven and bake at roasting temperature.

So if you want to increase the stuffing per person because you think your large group is extra hungry I would use a ratio of 1 cup of stuffing per person for hungry people.

The great thing about it is that leftover stuffing if wrapped in an airtight container can be kept in the fridge for 3-4 days or frozen for 3 months.

When to Make Less Stuffing

If you have too much cornbread and food – just budget of 1/4 cup of stuffing per person for light eaters – or if you have a frozen turkey and can not pre stuff it – wrap it in aluminum foil and cook the stuffing separately.

If it is still left over – cooking it with crisp french bread and cheese makes a great breakfast casserole of stuffing.

Family Stuffing For 4 People
Family Stuffing For 4 People

How to Make Stuffing Go a Bit Further

You can add more flavor to your stuffing by adding items like sausage, mushrooms, and celery. Surprisingly, oatmeal can also be a great addition!

Here is what I do when I do not have enough stuffing to go around. I take the recipe beyond the basic, classic recipe that often will include croutons or bread cubes, some onion, diced celery, chicken seasoning, salt, butter, and chicken stock. You can then and make it into a round roll of stuffing delight or add a southern cornbread dressing to the mix for that extra flavor that will wow my big group. With stuffing, there are so many ways you can enhance the flavor and even texture. Italian bread tends to have a more chewy texture – try that -or replacing the chicken stock with a homemade dressing recipe can really add zing.

Now lets examine a few different ways to make stuffing go a little further.

  • The Meat – slice up some pre cooked sausage (to make it spicy try chorizo sausage ) and put into the mix for a rich meat flavor stuffing. This will bulk it up. Now to take it to the next level use fennel or onions.
  • Bacon is also a classic addition to stuffing. Just cook the bacon slices until crisp, drain, and chop. See how to make crispy bacon like the restaurants do here.
  • Now just imagine bacon, onions and add some mushroom – now you are getting to have a very gourmet dish almost by its self.
  • You can even add a little mashed potato and bread crumbs to bulk it out a little also.
  • Nuts – Add texture and bulk by using walnuts, chestnuts, almonds, or even pecans. Chop them finely and lightly fry or cook in butter for a 2 minutes just soften and bring out the flavor.
  • Mushrooms – Adding an earthy flavor, especially a strong mushroom-like porcini.
  • Olives
  • Cornbread stuffing – use leftover cornbread for texture and flavor
  • Mix Fruit – This will add sweetness. People often like chopped tart apples – and do not forget cranberries
  • Add jalapenos or green chilis to your stuffing mix for a spicy effect
  • Cayenne Pepper – just a small amount will also bring out the flavors.
Stuffing For 20 People
Stuffing For 20 People

Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe for Large Crowd of 30 people

  • 7 loaves white sandwich bread (or similar dense white bread – even Italian Bread
  • 2 pounds sausage (or add 1 or 2 chorizo sausages to make it spicy)
  • 1 tablespoon sage (if fresh finely chopped)
  • 7 cups celery chopped fine
  • 7 cups onion chopped fine (can use shallots)
  • 1 1/2 cups butter
  • 3 teaspoons salt – taste after 2 teaspoons
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves diced
  • 3 teaspoons chicken stock powder
  • 75 ounces chicken broth

How much stuffing do I need for 14 People

This is also the same as how much stuffing do I need for a 23 lb turkey? – You will need stuffing for 14 people. – You can check the chart above also if you have slightly more or less people for your family reunion at thanksgiving – by for 14 people you will need 7 cups of stuffing or 3.5 boxes of store-bought stuffing.