- SERVINGS: 8
Saltimbocca, which, translated from the Italian, means "jump in the mouth," is traditionally prepared with veal, sage and prosciutto. Chiarello's version substitutes zucchini for the veal, and is equally delicious.
- 4 medium zucchini (about 2 pounds)
- freshly ground pepper
- 4 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto
- 1 small bunch of sage
- 1/3 pound Fontina cheese, thinly sliced
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- Pure olive oil, for frying
- 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
- 1 lemon, cut into wedges
- Cut each zucchini lengthwise into 1/4-inch-thick slices. You should have 28 slices. Season with salt and pepper.
- Lay the prosciutto over half the zucchini slices. Top with 2 small sage leaves and the Fontina. Cover with the remaining zucchini slices. Cover the zucchini with paper towels and press down to extract any excess moisture.
- Beat the eggs in a shallow bowl. In a plate, season the flour with salt and pepper. Dip the zucchini in the egg, then dredge in the flour. Transfer to a plate.
- In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil until shimmering. Add the stuffed zucchini without crowding the pan and cook over moderately high heat until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a baking sheet and keep warm in a low oven. Repeat with the remaining zucchini, adding more oil to the skillet as necessary.
- Add some sage leaves to the skillet and fry until crisp. Cut the zucchini into triangles and transfer to a platter. Top with the fried sage leaves. Sprinkle with the Parmigiano-Reggiano and parsley and serve with the lemon wedges.
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