Saltimbocca literally means "jumps into the mouth" in Italian. These delicious little meat rolls, made with veal, ham and sage, will do just that!
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Last modified on: July 20th 2015

Keywords for this recipe:VealSageItalyRollsHam

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Stage 1 - 3 min.
Saltimbocca : Photo of step #1
For the veal, ask your butcher to cut escalopes as thin as possible. Say that you will be making saltimbocca - a good butcher will understand.

Lay the escalopes on a chopping board and cover with plastic film.

Stage 2 - 3 min.
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Hit the excalopes with something like a saucepan, for example, to flatten them even further.

Stage 3 - 3 min.
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Cover each escalope with a layer of raw cured ham (Italian if possible).

Do not add any salt, just pepper.

Stage 4 - 3 min.
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Lay sage leaves on top.

Stage 5 - 2 min.
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Roll up the escalopes.

Stage 6
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Cur the rolls into bite-sized chunks...

Stage 7
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...and secure with toothpicks (cocktail sticks) to stop them unrolling during cooking.

Stage 8 - 5 min.
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Prepare all the rolls like this.

Stage 9
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See how the different veal-ham-sage layers give the saltimbocca real eye appeal.

Stage 10 - 10 min.
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Melt 30 g butter in 3 tablespoons olive oil in a frying pan on medium heat.

When this mixture is good and hot. add the saltimbocca and fry until browned all over.

Stage 11
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When fried, transfer to a plate and remove the toothpicks. Cover with aluminium foil to keep hot.

Stage 12 - 10 min.
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Next, make the sauce by putting the frying pan back on high heat with 200 ml dry white wine.

Salt, pepper and leave to reduce until it thickens.

Stage 13 - 1 min.
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Pop the saltimbocca back in the pan briefly for a moment in the hot sauce.

Stage 14
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Serve on a bed of pasta or plain white rice.


The sage in this recipe is very important to give the saltimbocca their characteristic flavour. If you don't have any, it's better to leave the recipe for another time.


Should be eaten as soon as cooked, but freeze very well raw.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
1,329 Kcal or 5,564 Kj53 gr4 gr122 gr
66 %21 %<1 %19 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
231 Kcal or 967 Kj9 gr1 gr21 gr
12 %4 %<1 %3 %
Per person
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
664 Kcal or 2,780 Kj27 gr2 gr61 gr
33 %10 %<1 %9 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).

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Dry white wineDry white wine: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Sausage mushroom and cheese crumble, Fish in white wine, Sauce Normande (for fish), Scallops with crunchy vegetables and wine sabayon, Curried prawn risotto, ... All
Veal Veal : You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Veal Marengo, Paté en croute (terrine in a pie crust), Blanquette of veal, Spring veal sauté , Escalope of veal in a cream sauce, ... All
Cured hamCured ham: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Sautéd mushrooms with spring onions and cured ham, Surprise eggs, Bisto-style canapés, Mediterranean toast, Bistro-style beetroot salad, ... All
ButterButter: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Turnip top soup, Doughnuts, Fried bread with leek and poached egg , Polenta with spinach and soft-poached egg, How to prevent butter burning during cooking, ... All

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