Today’s Regional Italian dish comes from Lazio, Rome’s region. In fact, this dish is Roman… so much so, that it is called Saltimbocca alla romana (which literally means “jumps in the mouth Roman style”). This is one of those dishes that you can easily find outside of Italy and that I have seen made in all sorts of… well, let’s say “unconventional” ways. It is a very straightforward recipe that does not require many ingredients, so the ingredients need to be of very good quality for it to turn out as delicious as in Rome. The veal has to be tender and, above all, I invite you to try and make it with Italian prosciutto (I like to use Parma for this dish, but San Daniele would work too). Italian prosciutto is much sweeter than other products… try it and you will know what I mean. Also, Italian prosciutto should be cut “paper thin” and should be enjoyed with the fat on! Whenever I buy it here in Sydney I have a hard time trying to explain to whoever cuts it that I want it WITH the fat on. Fat is what makes prosciutto sweet and what keeps it soft and moist. If you remove it, you will end up with a much saltier and drier prosciutto. Please, do ask to keep at least 2 cm (a little less than 1 inch) of fat and to slice it THIN! You will discover a new world! Enjoy my saltimbocca!
Ingredients (for 4 persons):
4 veal schnitzels (to be cut in half)
8 slices of prosciutto
8 sage leaves
1 tbsp butter
50 ml – 1.7 oz. white wine
Salt & pepper to taste
Start by cutting veal schnitzels in half and flattening them till they become approximately 0.5 cm – 0.2 inches thick. Now place a slice of prosciutto on each schnitzel and a sage leaf on the prosciutto. Weave a toothpick in and out of the veal to secure the prosciutto and sage to it.
Now coat the schnitzles with a little flour and shake off the excess.
Put the butter in a frying pan and let it melt on a slow fire. Add the veal to the pan on a single layer and increase the flame to medium. Quickly brown on both sides, then add the white wine and let the alcohol evaporate. Reduce the flame and cook for 5 minutes.
Season with salt and pepper and serve warm.
NOTE: do not add too much salt as prosciutto is already a bit salty.
Nuts about food says
What can I say? Amen about your lesson on prosciutto, couldn’t agree more.
Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef says
I’m in love, I swear.
twinky (@TheTwinkyCake) says
un classico semplicissimo che mangerei ogni giorno!!!
This dish has been one of my favorites forever! I’ve never made it at home, just some poor improvised versions, so this goes on my pinterest board right away
gorgeous photos, as usual….
[email protected] says
I love saltimbocca , and this one looks lovely
Oh my! This looks so simple and so delicious!
Mi Vida en un Dulce says
Qhat a perfect Saltinbocca, well, if it comes from you, it should be…!!!
I love your blog and all your recipes. I have just one question. Why is it that only some of the recipes you post are printable? I really like to print out the recipes I use because I have a very tiny kitchen and space is so tight that I cannot bring a computer in there, and I am afraid my phone work get ruined by getting wet or heated by the stove. What I like to do is print out the recipe and tape it to the cabinet door so it is always in front of me. Am I reading your blog incorrectly? Are there links to print recipes that I am missing? Generally, when I see you listing ingredients in a blog post, it means that recipe is not printable. I did try to print an entire blog post to get the recipe, but it became 25 pages. Please help. Mille Grazie.
Thank you for stopping by and saying hello! I am very happy to know you like my recipes! 🙂
I am very sorry for the inconvenience. The majority of the recipes that can’t be printed are old and are not formatted like the newer ones. I am in the process of updating them one by one, but there are so many and they all have to be done manually! So it takes a lot of time. 🙁 In the meantime, if there are any specific recipes you’d like to try, do let me know and I can update them for you. 🙂