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Veal Saltimbocca (Roman-style Veal and Sage Cutlets)

A quick and simple classic Roman recipe, Saltimbocca alla Romana turns tender veal cutlets into a mouth-watering dish

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tania:

I love Prosciutto Crudo and it works so smoothly here. It's also one of the most approachable Italian dishes in terms of ingredients, prep and cookin...

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The Romans certainly know their way around the kitchen, and in the quest to cook authentic, geniune recipes, Saltimbocca offers a great leap into traditional Italian cooking.

Using minimal ingredients but ones selected for their maximum yield in terms of flavors and sapidity, your dish of Saltimbocca (literally translating into jump into your mouth - and trust us, your forks will be making that jump really quickly!) will pop with aromas and flavors. Sage melds picture-perfectly with the creamy fat of your Prosciutto Crudo.  Select a Prosciutto that's relatively sweet and not overly seasoned or aged  - this small detail will help your different ingredients meld their aromas more efficiently.

One of Rome's classic recipes, nearing Spaghetti alla Carbonara levels of recognition, your family and loved ones will thank you for going the extra mile when prepping this dish.  But here's the rub:  the extra mile isn't really that hard to conquer with Saltimbocca - it's a sure-fire method of impressing your dinner table!

Ingredients

for 4 servings

Saltimbocca alla Romana ingredients

  • Veal cutlets 600 grams
  • Prosciutto crudo 8
  • Sage (Leaves) 8
  • Butter 60 grams
  • White wine 0.5 cup
  • All-purpose flour 60 grams
  • Salt as needed
  • Black Pepper as needed
  • Extra-virgin olive oil as needed

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Preparation

for 4 servings

Step

1

Of 3

Prepare the veal cutlets with Prosciutto and sage

Wash sage leaves and dry.  Set aside.  Put flour into a wide bowl or plate, set aside.

On a clean working space, spread out thin veal cutlets.  On top of cutlets, place one washed sage leaf and one single Prosciutto Crudo slice.  Using fingers, lightly press sage and Prosciutto into veal cutlets to ensure adherence to the meat.

Coat each veal cutlet slice in prepared bowl of flour, being sure sage and Prosciutto remain attached to cutlet. Coat both sides of cutlet with flour.  Should sage and Prosciutto not stick to meat, you can pin them to cutlet with a wooden toothpick.   

A note about cutlets:  we recommend using lean, tender veal cutlets preferably from the posterior part of the veal.  This area produces the finer cuts necessary for the success of your dish.

A note about Prosciutto Crudo: try the dish with a sweeter Prosciutto, staying away from the more aged, seasoned version that can overwhelm balance of flavors.

Step

2

Of 3

Cook the veal Saltimbocca cutlets

Using large nonstick sauté pan, heat well over medium heat.  Add a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil and immediately put prepared veal cutlets into pan with Prosciutto side facing down.  

Allow cutlets to cook until they begin to take on light golden brown color.  Turn to other side with fork, adjusting to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper only on side without Prosciutto slice.  

Once cutlets have browned nicely on both sides, add white wine to pan.  

Step

3

Of 3

Cook the pan sauce and finish dish

 When white wine in sauté pan has evaporated, remove cutlets and place on serving plates.

Add butter to sauté pan and cook over low heat until mixture appears creamy.  Pour butter and wine sauce directly onto plated Saltimbocca cutlets.  Serve promptly and quite warm.  

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Reviews

tania Thursday 5th of November 2020

A true taste of Rome

I love Prosciutto Crudo and it works so smoothly here. It's also one of the most approachable Italian dishes in terms of ingredients, prep and cooking time, and flavours. My kids are crazy for this one - it's on our rotation at least once a week. A big (easy!) favorite in my household.

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