Best Appetizer Recipes from Chef Kurt Fahler 

Muffuletta Dip By Kurt Fahler

The best appetizer recipes give your taste buds an infusion of flavor without stuffing your stomach to the point of no return. Their job is to satisfy your hunger while waiting for your entrée in a restaurant, but they may serve as a hearty snack or a side dish when cooking at home.

 Looking for a little mini Mardi Gras party? Try Celebrity Chef Kurt Fahler's cheesy ooey gooey meaty New Orleans inspired Muffuletta Dip. Chef Kurt took the traditional Muffuletta sandwich and turned it into a flavor exploding appetizer of goodness.

The mixture of salami and Giardiniera lends so much flavor to the cream cheese and other cheeses it's almost hard to believe until you actually try it yourself. So what are you waiting for? Take your list of ingredients, head out to the grocery store, and throw yourself a little mini Mardi Gras party today!


  • 1lb Cream Cheese (Softened)
  • 2 Cups Diced Salami
  • 2 Cups Giardiniera (Drained)
  • 1 Cup Pizza Cheese (Reserve some for topping)

Preparation Instructions: Soften the cream cheese then blend in salami and Giardiniera and pizza cheese, put in oven safe dish (a pie tin works great). Now top with a sprinkle of pizza cheese, bake in a 375 degree oven until golden and melty. Then serve with garlic toast crostini.

One of the Best Appetizer REcipes for The Tower of Fries:

When put to the task of selecting his best appetizer recipe that could easily be replicated in a home kitchen, Chef Kurt Fahler decided that his Tower of Fries was unbeatable.

This recipe may change the way that you think about the humble potato. It will also show you what you can do with cheap frozen French fries when you don’t have the budget for an elaborate game-day treat. A tall stack of golden fries drenched in cheese and accented by bacon is enough to make anyone’s eyes go wide, so get ready for the line that might form at the fry table.

Before you get started, note that you will need an empty number 10 can. These cans are commonly found in professional kitchens, so call around to a few restaurants to see if they have one to spare. Make sure that the lid is removed and it is thoroughly cleansed inside before proceeding with the recipe. This can is the secret to getting the perfect tower shape, but you could proceed without it if perfection isn’t your goal.

If you enjoy putting new spins on old favorites, you’re going to enjoy the process of baking the Tower of Fries. Each serving is baked in the number 10 can individually, so it will take you more time than popping a baking sheet lined with frozen fries into the oven. The good news is that you can use frozen French fries or fresh fries that you chop up from whole potatoes. What really sets those potatoes off is the combination of toppings, so pay attention as Chef Kurt Fahler teaches you how to make French fries that adults and children will love.


Tower of Fries

Here is one to impress your friends You will need to do a little leg work before you can begin. The form is a #10 can that you can get from any restaurant in your area. You need to remove the label, lid and the bottom and wash. This forms your cylinder container form.  

  • 24 oz. French fries
  • 6 oz. prepared cheddar cheese sauce
  • 4 oz. Cooked bacon crumbles
  • 1 oz. chopped scallions
  • 4 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
  • a/n (as needed) vegetable oil for frying at least 6 cups

Preparation Instructions—Fry your French fries until golden brown. At home, I use the Copper Chef XL 11’ square cooker with fry basket. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. On a cookie sheet (big enough to fit you #10 can form) place the form and add ingredients alternating fries, cheese sauce shredded cheese, bacon and scallions until form is full. Then lightly pack down to make sure the tower sets. Bake for ten minutes and pull the form. Serve.

Item Origination:  The Bar

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