Meat and Vegetable Trays for 50

Here are amounts and suggestions for preparing meat and vegetable trays for 50 guests.


meat and vegetable trays appetizers

Helpful Hints

  • Use the meat and cheese trays for guest to prepare sandwiches. Serve thinly sliced or shaved meats and thinly sliced cheeses

  • To set up meat and cheese trays for appetizers, cut meat and cheeses in cubes or chunks and provide toothpicks or skewers for guests to serve themselves

  • If you are serving other foods such as a main course and side dishes, reduce these amounts by 1/2 to 1/3

  • Use larger amounts of more popular items, such as turkey, ham and cheddar cheese


  • Always consider color and flavor combinations when determining placement

  • Meat and cheese may be rolled, folded or stacked and garnished with leaf lettuce, parsley and colorful vegetables

  • For cheese trays without meat, use about 6 lbs. of cheese in total

  • Blanch vegetables such as asparagus, broccoli, green beans to enhance texture and improve flavor. Serve with one or more large quantity dip recipes

  • Add assorted fruits to meat and vegetable trays as garnish such as strawberries, cantaloupe chunks, pineapple and cherries


Small Meat and Vegetable Trays



Meat and Cheese Trays

Approximate amounts to serve 50.  Amounts can be doubled to serve 100

Meats
Shaved, thinly sliced or in chunks
10 lbs. total, in combination

Assorted Cold cuts
Corned Beef
Roast Beef
Ham
Pastrami
Deli Turkey
Cocktail Sausages

Seafoods - Change of Pace
Cold Shrimp
Oysters on the Half Shell
Jumbo Lump Crab Salad
Serve with Crackers

Cheese
Thinly sliced or cubed for appetizers
4 lbs. total, in combination

American
Cheddar
Edam
Gouda
Monterey Jack
Pepper Jack
Colby
Munster
Provolone

Breads
100-125 bread slices; 60-75 rolls; 2-2½ lbs crackers

Sliced white, wheat
Small buns, rolls
Mini croissants
Mini pita pockets
Pumpernickel mini slices
Rye mini slices
Crispy specialty crackers
Saltines or other crackers

Condiments
Use suggested amount of each

Softened butter, 1-lb
Mayonnaise or salad dressing,
1½ cups
Mustard, 1 cup
Horseradish Sauce, 1 cup
Leaf Lettuce, 3 lbs
Sliced tomatoes, 7 lbs.
Sliced onions, 2 lbs.
Pepperocini
Cornichons
Olives



Vegetable Trays

Approximate amounts to serve 50. Use 5 lbs. in combination

Asparagus spears
Broccoli florets
Baby carrots
Carrot sticks
Cauliflower florets
Celery sticks
Cherry tomatoes
Cucumber spears or rounds

Green beans
Green onions
Jicama
Mushrooms
Pea pods
Radishes
Red, green, or yellow bell peppers
Zucchini spears

Relishes
3 lbs., in combination

Black or green olives
Dill pickle spears
Pickled beets
Pickled vegetables

Sweet pickles
Garnishes
Chives
Herbs
Scallions

Dips
1-1½ quarts

Blue Cheese
Creamy Herb
Sour Cream and Onion

French Onion
Thousand Island
Fruit Dip



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