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Chicken Saltimbocca

(Serves 4)
Chicken Saltimbocca (sahl-teem-BOH-kah) consists of chicken breasts that are sauteed and
layered with slices of prosciutto, fresh sage leaves, and fontina cheese, served over a sauce of
pan drippings, white wine and butter.  Saltimbocca is a classic Roman dish that is traditionally
made with veal. The word 'saltimbocca' literally translates to 'jump in the mouth', no doubt
referring to the complexity of flavors in this dish.

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Salt and pepper
4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
4 tablespoons butter, divided
1/4 pound thinly sliced prosciutto
Fresh sage leaves
2 tablepoons flour
1 cup dry white wine


Slice each chicken breast horizontally to create 2 pieces.  Place each piece
between 2 sheets of plastic wrap and pound until about 1/4-inch thick.
Season the cutlets with salt and pepper.

Heat 2 tablespoons of oil and 1 tablespoon of butter in a large skillet over
medium-high meat.  Sauté half of the chicken, 2-3 minutes on one side, turn,
and sauté 2-3 minutes on the other side.  Transfer to a broiler-safe dish and
repeat with remaining chicken.  Place 1-2 slices of prosciutto on each of the
chicken cutlets.  Place 1-2 sage leaves on top of the prosciutto, then top with
some of the fontina cheese.  Place under a broiler to melt the cheese, 2-3

Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the skillet over medium-high
heat.  Add the flour to the skillet, scraping up the pan drippings as you stir
the flour.  Allow the flour to cook for 1-2 minutes until it turns a light caramel
brown.  Add the wine and stir to blend with the flour.  Stir in the remaining 3
tablespoons of butter; stir to combine into a smooth sauce.  Pour the sauce
onto a serving platter.  Place the chicken cutlets on the sauce.  Garnish with
additional sage leaves, if desired.
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Rinse the potatoes but don't peel them.
Pat the potatoes dry; cut them in half
lengthwise. Toss the potatoes with olive
oil; season with salt and pepper.
Place the potatoes, cut side up, in an
even layer on a baking sheet.  Roast for
20  minutes; turn them over and roast for
10 to 15 minutes more, or until golden
brown and tender.

(You can do any amount of potatoes with
this method. Just don't crowd them on the
baking sheet; use 2 baking sheets if you
are roasting a lot of potatoes.)
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