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Veal Saltimbocca with Prosciutto and Sage

April 9, 2019 (Last Updated: April 8, 2019)

Veal Saltimbocca – veal cutlets wrapped in crispy, salty prosciutto and fragrant sage leaves. A classic Roman dish that’s pan-fried until they’re juicy, tender and incredibly delicious. A simple and elegant meal that’s great served with potatoes, asparagus or salad.

An overhead shot of veal saltimbocca on a plate with prosciutto, sage and lemon wedges

What does Saltimbocca Mean?

Saltimbocca translates from Italian as ‘jump in the mouth’ and it really couldn’t have a better name. This veal saltimbocca is just incredible and for so many reasons:

  • It’s fast: it’s so fast that you should probably prep and start cooking your sides first. The veal only needs to be cooked for 4-5 minutes on each side to be cooked through.
  • It’s easy: there’s really nothing to making this recipe, bash your veal cutlets or ask your butcher to do it. Then all you need to do is wrap them in prosciutto, sage and fry!
  • It’s impressive: it’s so elegant looking and is sure to impress your guests (or yourself) with both look and taste.
  • It’s delicious: veal itself has a beautiful flavour but add in some crispy, salty prosciutto, fragrant sage leaves and a squeeze of lemon….do I need to say more?

I will never stop saying that the simple recipes are always best because it’s just SO true and this veal saltimbocca is a prime example of a super simple recipe made with few ingredients that just tastes incredible. I mean it’s just so good!

No matter if you’re serving this for a romantic night in, a special occasion or just because you want something a little extra special (like because it’s Friday night) it’s sure to impress and you can easily prep it in advance to make things even easier, win!

Why You Should Pound the Meat

Pounding the meat not only ensures it will cook faster, it tenderizes it making it soft, tender and delicious. If your meat is too thick you’ll need to cook it for longer and doing so at a high heat (with this type of meat) will make it too tough and unappetising so I always recommend starting the cooking process with veal cutlets at 1/4 inch thick.

How to Make Veal Saltimbocca – Step By Step

Place the veal cutlets between two sheets of plastic wrap (cling film) and gently beat with a rolling pin or meat mallet until 1/4 of an inch thin (photos 1 & 2).

Place a slice of prosciutto over each cutlet followed by a sage leaf then secure everything together using a small wooden skewer (photos 3 & 4).

Step by step photos for making veal saltimbocca

Dip the cutlets in flour on each side and shake gently to get rid of any excess flour. Heat olive oil in a large pan or skillet and fry on each side until slightly crispy and browned. Remove from the pan and add the wine to deglaze the pan (photos 5-8).

Scrap all the brown bits and stir until reduced by half, return the veal to the pan to heat through then serve.

Two shots of making a sauce for veal saltimbocca

Can I Use Chicken Instead?

Absolutely, let’s face it veal can be a little expensive if you’re cooking for a large group and it can also be hard to find in some places so using chicken is an easy alternative, you could also use turkey or pork.

The difference is that obviously, it won’t have the same flavour as veal BUT it will still be delicious and work great as an alternative. Follow the instructions as you would for veal and your chicken version will be perfect!

Serving Suggestions

Veal saltimbocca is great served with roast potatoes, mashed, asparagus, broccolini, any grilled veggies or even just a fresh salad. The choice is yours, the great thing about it is that you can make it a light meal or turn it into something comforting with a big pile of creamy mash.

A side shot of veal saltimbocca with prosciutto and sage on a plate with lemon wedges

Top Tips for Making Veal Saltimbocca

  • Make sure to pound the meat to tenderise it otherwise it could turn out a little tough
  • You can use white wine or marsala to make the sauce
  • Dredging the cutlets in flour gives them a delicious coating and also adds a little substance to the sauce but you can also make this recipe without flour
  • If prepping in advance don’t dredge in flour, wait until last minute to do that or it’ll soak into the meat and create a weird texture
  • Be careful not to overcook or the meat will toughen. Since the veal is pounded thin it doesn’t take long to cook (around 4 minutes each side)
  • A squeeze of fresh lemon juice really brings out the flavours and cuts through the rich and salty flavours so don’t skip it if possible
  • Chicken, turkey or pork can all be used as good substitutes to veal
  • Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for 1-2 days and eaten cold or reheated until hot all the way through

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Veal Saltimbocca

Veal Saltimbocca - veal cutlets wrapped in cripsy, salty prosciutto and fragrant sage leaves. A classic Roman dish that's pan-fried until they're juicy, tender and incredibly delicious. A simple and elegant meal that's great served with potatoes, asparagus or salad.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 -6 servings
Calories 491kcal
Author Emily Kemp

Ingredients

  • 6 veal cutlets (escalopes)
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour (80g)
  • 6 slices prosciutto
  • 6 large sage leaves
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) white wine
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 6 toothpicks to secure the cutlets

Instructions

  • Place the veal cutlets between two sheets of plastic wrap (cling film) and gently beat with a rolling pin or meat mallet until 1/4 of an inch thin.
  • Place a slice of prosciutto over each cutlet followed by a sage leaf. Secure everything together using a small wooden skewer.
  • Dip the cutlets in flour on each side and shake gently to get rid of any excess flour. Heat olive oil in a large pan or skillet and fry on each side until slightly crispy and browned. Remove from the pan and add the wine to deglaze the pan.
  • Scrap all the brown bits and stir until reduced by half, return the veal to the pan to heat through then serve.

Notes

  • Make sure to pound the meat to tenderise it otherwise it could turn out a little tough
  • You can use white wine or marsala to make the sauce
  • Dredging the cutlets in flour gives them a delicious coating and also adds a little substance to the sauce but you can also make this recipe without flour
  • If prepping in advance don't dredge in flour, wait until last minute to do that or it'll soak into the meat and create a weird texture
  • Be careful not to overcook or the meat will toughen. Since the veal is pounded thin it doesn't take long to cook (around 4 minutes each side)
  • A squeeze of fresh lemon juice really brings out the flavours and cuts through the rich and salty flavours so don't skip it if possible
  • Chicken, turkey or pork can all be used as good substitutes to veal
  • Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for 1-2 days and eaten cold or reheated until hot all the way through

Nutrition

Calories: 491kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 56g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 206mg | Sodium: 242mg | Potassium: 997mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 2.9mg
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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Pina
    April 9, 2019 at 11:52 pm

    One of my favorite dishes ever!!5 stars

  • Reply
    Rosa
    April 9, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    Wow this sounds so flavourful! I love dishes that incorporate prosciutto. My Italian father used to make his own prosciutto every year. So yummy!5 stars

  • Reply
    Nicolas Hortense
    April 9, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    Love your step by step instructions!! The dish looks absolutely fabulous! Well done (:

  • Reply
    Dannii
    April 9, 2019 at 11:53 am

    My husband loves veal, but I never cook it. I am going to have to give this a go soon!5 stars

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    Chris
    April 9, 2019 at 11:44 am

    I’m always looking for new dinner recipes and this looks like an absolute winner! Thanks for sharing!5 stars

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    Amy | The Cook Report
    April 9, 2019 at 11:12 am

    This dish looks stunning and I bet it tastes incredible!5 stars

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