The Italian word saltimbocca means “to jump in the mouth”. This is because the meat is cooked so quickly that it will be on your plate after only a couple of pirouettes in the pan. In order to be able to cook it with the so quickly you will need very thin meat. The result is melt-in-the-mouth parcels that make what must be the world’s easiest dinner.
There’s endless variations of this recipe. To keep to the deservedly famous original however, please do not overdo it, especially with sauce.
Use no more than one sage leaf per parcel, that’s more than enough flavor. You can substitute pork with veal but not chicken as it’s impossible to slice it thin enough. You can substitute Vinsanto with Marsala or white wine but not with lemon juice.
You can substitute guanciale with pancetta, but the guanciale is sublime. There’s no garlic and no tomato (for once). And please, please, please, don’t melt cheese over it!
- 500 gr / 1 pound pork scaloppine, pounded to 1/4-inch thickness
- 1/4 pound thinly sliced guanciale
- flour for dusting
- 1 bunch fresh sage leaves
- 1 tablespoon butter and 1 olive oil
- 1/2 cup Vinsanto
Top each slice of meat with 1 slice of guanciale and 1 sage leaf. Fold in two, keeping the guanciale and sage inside, and secure with a small cocktail stick. Dust each parcel lightly with flour (can be also done with gluten-free flour or rice flour ).
Put a large cast iron skillet over high heat until hot. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in it until foaming. Add oil and pork parcels in single layer, turning once or twice until golden about 1 min per side. Season with salt and black pepper.
Add wine to pan and deglaze over high heat until liquid is reduced by 1/3, scraping up browned bits, about 2 minutes. Be careful as it might flambe’. Transfer pork to platter, pour the sauce over it, and serve with potatoes cooked in a salt crust and a green salad.