Comfort Food Starters

Mini Brioche Lobster Rolls
Photo: © Kana Okada

When entertaining, why not satisfy your guests with what they're craving most? Here, several of our favorite rich, homey appetizers, from mini mac-and-cheese to lobster sliders. Consider it a collection of comfort foods to get the party started.

01 of 07

Lamb Meatballs with Mint

Lamb Meatballs with Mint
© Quentin Bacon

Albóndigas de Cordero a la Hierbabuena are a classic tapa meatball made with the combination of lamb and mint.

02 of 07

Three Cheese Mini-Macs

Three-Cheese Mini Macs
© Kana Okada

Anything big made small is always fun for cocktail parties, and these quick, one-bite mac and cheeses are the ultimate example. Cooked in mini muffin pans, the mini macs can be assembled early and baked just as guests arrive.

03 of 07

Lobster Sliders

Lobster Sliders
© Tina Rupp

These lush, miniature appetizers are a take on classic New England lobster rolls.

04 of 07

Lamb Pizzettes

Lamb Pizzettes
© Kana Okada

This recipe is based on the Arabic lamejun, a thin piece of dough topped with minced meat, then baked. Here the ground lamb is flavored with cumin, mint, and pine nuts.

05 of 07

Caesar Salad Spears

Caesar Salad Spears
© Kana Okada

Salads usually require forks, but here the classic Caesar is transformed into a clever finger food. Toss chopped endives with a lemony dressing, then spoon the mixture inside elegant endive spears, topping it with cheese and crunchy mini croutons.

06 of 07

Mini Panamanian Beef Empanadas

Mini Panamanian Beef Empanadas
© Quentin Bacon

Ground beef and cilantro fill these flaky, comfort classic savory pastries.

07 of 07

Mini Brioche Lobster Rolls

Mini Brioche Lobster Rolls
© Kana Okada

These rolls, which are a delightful play on the traditional lobster roll, are quite substantial, so one per person is plenty, especially if you're serving additional hors d'oeuvres. Cooked shrimp or lump crab is a fine alternative to lobster.

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