TODAY | December 02, 2013
>>> this morning in today's holiday kitchen, a delicious and festive holiday cocktail bash for your family and friends.
>> he is a chef in boston and put together an easy menu that's a step above the ordinary. good morning. good to see you.
>> thank you for having me here. this is fantastic. in restaurants we do all sort of stuff but this is something i would do at home. nice and easy with the ingredients you can find at the store.
>> all right. because people are coming over.
>> sirloin tips and grilled avocado. a nice quick rub with paprika. very easy.
>> durge it in.
>> dump it all in and sir that up. you can do it on skewers which is a main dish like this. something simple that we put on toast and go out here.
>> how long are you going to grill these for?
>> well, usually i would say three or four minutes on each side. let them rest for a few minutes. that way they stay nice and juicy and rare like this. it's ease stoi do.
>> what kind of toast are you use something.
>> this is country bread but you can use whatever it is to find. rye toast.
>> looks beautiful.
>> little pears back here.
>> what we're doing here is just pear, we're going to put it here and roll it up nice and easy. you pick it up and it's all there together.
>> you have a little dip here?
>> we'll have a quick dinner. a little lemon juice . stir it in for me. there you go. faster, faster. a little rice vinegar and while you're stirring we're going to do a little olive oil . how's that?
>> fantastic, right?
>> pretty easy to fine.
>> i'm always a big fan of bacon or any really good ham.
>> now you're talking.
>> so we just maybe do a little drizzle of this on there. really simple. this adds a little zest and spice.
>> mustard kicks it up a little bit.
>> and to make it so much a dull vegetable plate.
>> i wanted to take ingredients that you can find and just gussy them up a little bit. simple greek yogurt that we added curry powder and lime juice to makes it really delicious. we have humus you can buy but then i added more chili and paprika and onion powder and you can't have a cocktail party without a cocktail.
>> so what do you add --
>> here we have something a little new england inspired. we have maple in there. cider. and we're going to add a little bubbly in there.
>> what's your position on pigs in a blanket ? do you like a pig in a blanket ?
>> i like anything with the word pig in it.
>> it's not a party until they bring that out.
>> that's my kind of party.
>> go see tony up in boston at his great restaurants. we're back in a moment. this is "today" on nbc.