Italian comfort food! A deliciously tender Italian Veal Saltimbocca with Mozzarella from the oven with sage, Parma ham, and roasted vegetables. This makes from a traditional Italian Saltimbocca, a delicious open variant with a luxurious feeling, a fine texture, and a very flavorful dinner recipe.
Veal Saltimbocca with Mozzarella
This great recipe always takes me back to our holiday in Italy almost 10 years ago. The warm weather, the idyllic scenery, and the wonderful flavors that you could smell everywhere. Scents of tomato, basil, and thyme.
And every night I ate another new dish from the menu of a small Italian Trattoria. Quiet, relaxed.
On one of those evenings, I ate my first Saltimbocca, a nice piece of veal with prosciutto and sage, finished with white wine. So good. At home, I made it often. And I adapted the recipe in the past few years, to a more delicate dish and I added some roasted vegetables.
I make this recipe quite often on a special occasions. At dinner parties, Christmas, or Valentine's Day. The advantage is that you can prepare it all in advance and then you only need to bake it briefly in the oven. And you can keep all your attention on your guests. Enjoy!
What do you need for Saltimbocca with Parma Ham and Sage?
For the preparation of this Veal Saltimbocca with Mozzarella, you need the following ingredients (you can find the correct amounts in the recipe card at the bottom of the blog):
- Veal Escalopes: Deliciously tender meat, thinly sliced. Also known as Veal schnitzel (boneless veal steak) or veal cutlets. Veal escalopes come from the boneless shoulder steak or topside, and it is a nice, even piece of meat, with a fine structure and soft taste. If you get a rather thick steak, flatten it with a meat hammer between two plastic foil sheets, until you get steaks of ½ inch thickness.
- Parma ham: A real saltimbocca contains Parma ham or Prosciutto, and that should of course not be missing here. Because of the salt in the ham, you get a nice balance between the meat and roasted vegetables.
- Zucchini, Tomato, and Eggplant: The vegetables are roasted first and then used in the open veal Saltimbocca. Roasting gives them a wonderful taste.
- Butter and olive oil: You use a mixture of both to fry the meat in the skillet. This gives it that creamy butter taste, without burning.
- Sage: A traditional ingredient in a Saltimbocca. It is a spicy and warm herb, with a little bitterness. So use it in moderation, because it can quickly become overwhelming.
- Mozzarella: This Italian cheese is a delicious cheese, which melts very well, and is a great combination with this Italian veal. By baking in the oven, the cheese melts and blends with the roasted vegetables.
How to prepare Saltimbocca (Veal Escalopes) in the Oven
A recipe with extensive steps, the right amount of ingredients, and which you can also easily print can be found at the bottom of the blog.
- Season the veal escalopes with salt and pepper. Heat butter and oil in the skillet and fry the veal over high heat for 1 to 2 minutes on both sides (until the meat is golden brown). Remove from the pan and cut in half.
- Cut the vegetables into thin slices. Heat a grill pan until hot. Brush the vegetables with olive oil and grill until grill marks appear on the vegetables. Put aside.
- Place a piece of veal schnitzel in front of you and top with eggplant, zucchini, tomato, mozzarella, sage, and Parma ham.
- Place the second piece of schnitzel on top and pile the zucchini, tomato, and mozzarella on the meat. Insert a skewer through the layers and place it in an oven dish. Preheat the oven to 390 °F (200°C) and bake for 10 to 15 minutes. Serve immediately.
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Veal Saltimbocca with Mozzarella
- oven dish
- 2 veal escalopes
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 slices zucchini ¼ inch (½ cm) thick
- 2 slices eggplant ½ inch (1 cm) thick
- 4 slices tomato ½ inch (1 cm) thick
- 4 slices mozzarella ¼ inch (½ cm) thick
- 2 slices Parma ham or Prosciutto
- sage fresh
Ingredients you need per step are listed below the step in Italic
- Preheat the oven to 390 °F (200 °C).
- Season the veal escalope with salt and pepper.2 veal escalopes, ¼ teaspoon salt, ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
- Heat the butter and oil in a frying pan on high heat. Add the veal and bake on each side for 1 to 2 minutes until golden brown. Take out of the skillet and slice each piece of meat in two.2 tablespoons butter, 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Brush the vegetable slices with olive oil and bake the slices of zucchini, eggplant, and tomatoes in a grill pan.4 slices zucchini, 2 slices eggplant, 4 slices tomato
- Top a piece of veal with a slice of eggplant, zucchini, then the tomato, mozzarella, Parma ham, and sage.2 slices Parma ham, sage
- Put the second piece of veal on top followed by a slice of zucchini, tomato, and mozzarella.4 slices mozzarella
- Insert a skewer through the tower and place it in a baking dish. Repeat to prepare the other open Saltimbocca.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes in the oven.
This recipe uses eggplant, tomato, and zucchini, but you can vary to your heart's content and omit (or add vegetables, like bell peppers). 3. - Oven This recipe is baked in the oven at 390°F (200°C) in a conventional oven. By using this setting, the meat dries out less. You can also use the convection setting, then heat the oven to 350 °F (180°C). 4. - Storage
You cannot keep open saltimbocca. If you have any leftovers, you can store the meat separately in a sealed box in the refrigerator (2 days) or in the freezer for up to 2 months. 5.- Nutritional value
The nutritional value shown is per veal saltimbocca.
Indication Nutritional Value (Per Person / Portion):
- Cook to a minimum temperature of 145 °F (63 °C) for a medium steak.
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat
- Wash hands after touching raw meat
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove