A classic Italian recipe, Saltimbocca is traditionally made with veal and the word Saltimbocca means “jump in the mouth”. There is usually prosciutto used in the dish which gives it the jump in the mouth flavor.
I don’t eat veal, but I found lots of recipes using chicken and pork that were titled ‘saltimbocca’ in the recipe. The one recipe that caught my eye was from bon appetit that looked really easy and had only 3 ingredients. Couldn’t get easier than that.
I had everything I needed so I didn’t have to make supermarket run. I even had the prosciutto in the fridge which was a leftover from Friday’s pizza topping, but I didn’t have sage so I used fresh parsley. The parsley is definitely a far cry from sage but we are getting our ‘jump in the mouth’ flavor from the prosciutto.
- I sliced the onions just a little more than 1/4 inch thick and the potatoes just under that since the onions tend to melt if too thin and the potatoes will take too long if they are too thick.
- Roast the onions and potatoes first for about 20 minutes, then add the meat, etc. and continue to cook.
- Flexible recipes are important to us busy moms/caretakers/CFO’s/,etc. and I’m certainly not trying to impress the ‘gourmand’, so it’s o.k. to substitute. You can always use chicken which is more economical and takes less time to cook.
- You can eliminate the wine. It’s used as a tenderizer and it adds a level of flavor, but you can substitute the juice from one orange for the same results.
This entire recipe takes about 45-50 minutes, depending on the thickness of the meat, from prep to done! and hardly any mess to clean up.
Saltimbocca With Roasted Onions & Potatoes
Pork Saltimbocca with Roasted Onions and Potatoes (Recipe adapted from bon appetit magazine).
- 4 pork loin chops
- 1 1/2 cups dry white wine
- 2 onions, sliced into 1/2 inch thick rounds
- 2 TBLS. olive oil
- 4 medium Yukon Gold potatoes sliced in rounds (or use whatever potatoes you have)
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh sage (optional parsley, rosemary or thyme)
- 8 slices prosciutto
For another easy Saltimbocca recipe you might like Chicken Saltimbocca from Anyonita’s Nibbles.
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