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How many meatballs?

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The Mrs. volunteered us to make meatballs for a party of 35. How many do we need to make? There will be other food there...

I'm thinking 70. The wife thinks we need at least 100. I think that's way too many.

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Guess it depends on how you plan to cook them.  Obviously you're not going to cook 70 in a pot of sauce. If you can realistically crank out 70-100 then that should be more than enough.  Then you have to transport them  without them getting crushed over each other. Probably better off baking them in a oven and ladling some cause on top  similar to the above.

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I usually bake on a sheet and lay down a layer of bread that the meatballs will sit on. The bread will soak up the grease and you don't get that flat spot like when they sit directly on the tray.

 

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Thanks guys. Normally fry, but for this many will be baking. Interesting tip about the bread. Gonna have to try it...

As for serving...going into sauce in as many half pans as needed over sterno.. 

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6 hours ago, Finster said:

The Mrs. volunteered us to make meatballs for a party of 35. How many do we need to make? There will be other food there...

I'm thinking 70. The wife thinks we need at least 100. I think that's way too many.

If you were just going to the party with 35, and arriving fashionably late, would you feel OK if there were only 70 meatballs, or would you feel better if there were 100 meatballs?  

 

Put another way, imagine showing up at the party to see the last of NaturalScience’s meatballs on a tray and someone grabs it before you can get to it.  Now, would you be pissed if he only made 70 and you missed the last one or would you rather see 30 more sitting there waiting for you?

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1 hour ago, PeterO said:

If you were just going to the party with 35, and arriving fashionably late, would you feel OK if there were only 70 meatballs, or would you feel better if there were 100 meatballs?  

 

Put another way, imagine showing up at the party to see the last of NaturalScience’s meatballs on a tray and someone grabs it before you can get to it.  Now, would you be pissed if he only made 70 and you missed the last one or would you rather see 30 more sitting there waiting for you?

I'm never fashionable, and rarely ever late...

But under the circumstances you describe, no I wouldn't be pissed. That would be a bigger dick move than bringing my own beer to a party.....

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