Saltimbocca is a dish that consists of either veal or chicken prepared with sage, slices of ham, and sometimes cheese served with a white wine sauce. This is a rich and flavorful entree with a salty and tangy kick. The term saltimbocca literally means “jump in the mouth” and you’ll be sure to understand why after tasting this dish. Here are the five best saltimbocca recipes we have found and we hope you enjoy making some of these in the coming weeks.
1. Veal Saltimbocca
Saltimbocca can be prepared with either chicken or veal. This is our favorite veal saltimbocca recipe. All you need is ten ingredients to have a meal ready to serve. These ingredients include veal cutlets, prosciutto, salt and pepper, sage, cornstarch, dry white wine, lemon juice, olive oil, and butter.
To make this recipe, begin by seasoning the cutlets and then attaching the prosciutto to the veal using toothpicks. Coat the underside of each cutlet with cornstarch. Heat some olive oil in a skillet, add the cutlets prosciutto-side up, and cook until the veal is no longer pink. The sauce to finish off the dish includes white wine, butter, sage, and lemon. You can also substitute thinly sliced ham for prosciutto if desired.
Get the full recipe and directions here.
2. Chicken Saltimbocca
The Italians know how to do it right. Using a few simple, high-quality ingredients, you can create a delectable meal that will satisfy your tastebuds. This recipe goes the more traditional route by using chicken as the protein but still calls for many of the same ingredients (prosciutto, olive oil, butter, sage, salt, pepper). The process is also largely the same, with the exception of the white wine sauce in the first recipe. Anyone with an appetite for chicken is sure to enjoy this succulent dish.
Get the full recipe and directions here.
3. Gluten-Free Chicken Saltimbocca
If you’ve never been wowed by a saltimbocca recipe, then that changes today! This recipe also calls for most of the traditional ingredients but has a shorter overall cooking time, resulting in crispy prosciutto. Additionally, it’s gluten-free and you don’t have to use toothpicks to attach the prosciutto. Just use egg whites as a “glue” to make the prosciutto adhere to the meat instead. This is an excellent saltimbocca recipe for beginners.
Get the full recipe and directions at Flavour & Savour.
4. Basil Chicken Saltimbocca with Marinated Tomatoes and Burrata
What makes saltimbocca so special? It is juicy, crispy, and salty all at once, making all the textures and flavors burst in your mouth with every bite. For this version of saltimbocca, you’ll need the following ingredients: boneless chicken breasts, fresh basil, salty prosciutto, eggs, and Panko breadcrumbs. Think of this recipe as a “fancy chicken parmesan.” Talk about yummy, the chicken is served alongside burrata cheese with marinated tomatoes on top. You’ll be wanting seconds during this meal.
Get the full recipe and directions at Half-Baked Harvest.
5. Restaurant Style Veal Saltimbocca
Isn’t it funny how a recipe can look so different depending on who prepares it? Homemade saltimbocca, classic Italian saltimbocca, and restaurant-style saltimbocca all have different flairs. Truthfully, even if the flavor of restaurant-style veal saltimbocca “jumps in your mouth,” you can still recreate this experience at home. All you will need is veal cutlets, thin prosciutto, fontina cheese, mushrooms, baby spinach, sweet marsala, chicken stock, unsalted butter, flour, sage, black pepper, sea salt, onion powder, and olive oil.
There are a few ways to adjust the recipe ingredient-wise. You can eliminate the prosciutto altogether or use mozzarella instead of fontina cheese, and you can opt for water instead of oil while sauteing the mushrooms. The best part of this recipe is that you’ll spend a fraction of the cost that you would have to eat out. Try making this for your next at-home date night with your significant other.
Get the full recipe and directions at Ask Chef Dennis.
Each of these recipes has a slightly different approach to this classic Italian dish. Whether you like something breaded and crispy or a lighter and healthier option, either will work. Saltimbocca goes great with a side of roasted potatoes, salad, risotto, or any number of your favorite sides. Let us know which style of saltimbocca you like best in the comments.
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