Meat and Vegetable Trays for 50

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



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.
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  • 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

    Meat and Cheese Trays
    Approximate amounts to serve 50

    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

    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
    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

    Vegetables
    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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