how much beef tenderloin for 15 adults

You always want to ensure you have enough to feed everyone at the table, and that’s especially true for a main attraction like a beef tenderloin. It’s actually fairly easy to figure out how much you need to buy: Simply purchase 8 ounces (1/2 pound) of meat per person.

I wanted to switch up the Christmas dinner this year and instead of all the loads of “sides” that we usually have with turkey, I thought of doing maybe a bacon wrapped tenderloin – possibly stuffed – with some simple sides – the day is so busy and all – I want to go with simple and elegant rather than an overabundance which leaves us all uncomfortably full…:-)

But, I am having 16-17 people for dinner. Can I do this? How much will I need?

How Much Beef Tenderloin Per Person?

The rule tends to be a little different when it comes to beef tenderloin. Normally, when it comes to main meats, you should estimate 1/2 lb (or 8 oz.) per person but, beef tenderloin is a very expensive cut of meat. It’s okay to estimate a little smaller portions, so you can go down to 4-6 oz of trimmed beef tenderloin per person. You can always offset less meat by serving hearty sides with it.

how much beef tenderloin for 15 adults

Remove the chain if needed

Although most packaged tenderloin will come without the chain, some tenderloin may still have it attached. It looks like a thin, fatty piece of meat running down the length of the entire tenderloin.

It will be quite easy to spot and very easy to remove. You can actually remove it with your hands and may just been a few assist cuts along the way. Just follow it along, separating it from the tenderloin.

PRO TIP: DO NOT discard the chain. It is not a part of tenderloin but it is still good meat and will be great used in a soup or stew. You can use it right away or freeze it in a freezer friendly zip-top bag. Get all the air out, label, and freeze.

Silverskin is a tough layer of white, shimmery connective tissue that runs along the tenderloin. It MUST be removed. To remove it, pull up some of the silver skin at one end of the tenderloin and then use a thin knife to cut along the silver skin to separate it from the meat.

Some silverskin will pull up just by tugging and pulling with your hands. Use a knife to remove remaining pieces of silverskin but try not to remove any of the actual meat.

But, I am having 16-17 people for dinner. Can I do this? How much will I need?

I wanted to switch up the Christmas dinner this year and instead of all the loads of “sides” that we usually have with turkey, I thought of doing maybe a bacon wrapped tenderloin – possibly stuffed – with some simple sides – the day is so busy and all – I want to go with simple and elegant rather than an overabundance which leaves us all uncomfortably full…:-)

You always want to ensure you have enough to feed everyone at the table, and that’s especially true for a main attraction like a beef tenderloin. It’s actually fairly easy to figure out how much you need to buy: Simply purchase 8 ounces (1/2 pound) of meat per person.

FAQ

How many people will a 7 lb beef tenderloin feed?

A whole tenderloin can range from 5 to 8 lbs. and can feed 6 to 12 people, depending on slices cut and sides served with it.

How many servings in a 5 lb beef tenderloin?

Plan on four servings per pound to determine how much tenderloin to purchase.

How many pounds of beef do you need for 12 people?

Boneless Meat
Number of People
Bone in meat
5lb / 2.27kg
10 – 11
7lb / 3.18kg
6lb / 2.73kg
12 – 13
8lb / 3.64kg
7lb / 3.18kg
14 – 15
10lb / 4.54kg
8lb / 3.64kg
16 – 17
12lb / 5.44kg

Is it better to cook beef tenderloin at high or low temperature?

High-Temperature Roasting If you’re in a hurry (and you’re a confident cook), high heat roasting—400°F and up, or 375°F and up in a convection oven—gives you a gorgeously browned crust with a distinct eye of rare to medium-rare meat in the center.

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