Saltimbocca alla Romana (Veal with Prosciutto and Sage in a Marsala-Butter Sauce)
This dish is slightly salty, slightly woodsy, and entirely sumptuous.
Yield: serves 4
- 8 (2-oz.) veal cutlets (preferably from the veal top round)
- Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
- 16–24 thin slices of prosciutto
- 16 sage leaves
- 1⁄2 cup flour
- 4 tbsp. olive oil
- 8 tbsp. unsalted butter
- 1⁄4 cup marsala
- 1 cup chicken stock
- Using a meat mallet, pound the veal cutlets, one at a time, between 2 sheets of plastic wrap until each piece is about 1⁄8" thick. Lightly season with salt (little is needed, as prosciutto is salty) and pepper, to taste.
- Lay 2 to 3 thin slices of prosciutto atop each piece of veal, gently pressing prosciutto against veal to adhere. Place 2 sage leaves on top of the prosciutto and stitch them into the veal with a toothpick. Place flour on a large plate. Dredge each piece of veal in flour, shake off any excess, and set aside.
- Heat 2 tbsp. of the oil and 2 tbsp. of the butter in a 12" skillet over medium-high heat. Add half the meat and cook, turning once, until prosciutto side is crisp and the veal side is lightly browned, about 1 minute per side. Transfer the meat to a paper towel-lined plate. Repeat with more olive oil, butter, and remaining meat. Remove and discard the toothpicks.
- Drain and discard the oil and butter from the skillet; place over high heat. Add marsala; cook, scraping up browned bits, until reduced by half, 1-2 minutes. Add stock; reduce by half, about 3 minutes. Stir in remaining 4 tbsp. of butter; reduce heat to medium. Return meat to pan; cook, turning occasionally, until sauce thickens slightly, 1-2 minutes