Saltimbocca is a classic Roman veal dish. In fact, it is so typically Roman that the name Saltimbocca alla Romana seems redundant to me. But, that’s what it was called on my father’s menu, so I am sticking with it.
This is a great dish to serve for company. Plate it over some sautèed spinach and it will make quite an impression. The literal translation of saltimbocca is “jump in the mouth”, and that’s precisely what this tasty combination of veal, prosciutto, sage and white wine will do.
- 8 slices prosciutto
- 8 veal scalloppine, thinly sliced and pounded
- flour spread on a plate for dredging
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 8 sage leaves
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 1/4 cup chicken broth
- salt and pepper to taste
- Place one slice of prosciutto on each veal scalloppine and pound in lightly with a meat pounder.
- Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Dredge both sides of the scalloppine in flour to coat, shaking off any excess. Place them prosciutto side down in pan and cook, turning once, until lightly browned on both sides. Transfer to a warm plate.
- Drain oil from pan, place back over heat and add butter. When butter is melted add sage and sauté for one minute.
- Add the white wine and scrape loose any bits from bottom of pan, then add the chicken broth and salt and pepper.
- Place scalloppine back in pan, prosciutto side up and cook until sauce is reduced by half and scalloppine are heated through.
- Transfer veal to serving plates, two scalloppine per person, spoon sauce over top and serve.
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