Normally Saltimbocca all Romana is a typical Italian dish. Mine is not made the traditional way but it is a lot leaner. The perfect low carb lunch and paleo friendly. Make sure to only use the best and organic ingredients when it comes to meat. I made my Saltimbocca with some of the amazing ingredients I brought back from Barcelona.
Let me call it "Saltimbocca alla Barcelona" then
But, first of all a little impression of my trip. I LOVED BARCELONA. Gosh, it was like a renascence coming out of that ever grey weather in Copenhagen. This winter never seemed to end in Denmark. I have to admit that this weather can get really annoying after a while. Deep grey sky, rainfall, wind. And especially when you are running late and have bike to school. Fun.
So, I was craving sunshine and blue sky. This little vacation to Spain was more than overdue. Barcelona welcomed me and my mum with everything I wanted. Spring like weather, sun and blues. Amazing.
On or first day we stumbled upon Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria. It is located besides the famous street La Rambla. Very central and easy to find.
La Boqueria is a mecca. No actually its HEAVEN for every foodie. Not only for tourists La Boqueria is a MUST SEE if you are in Barcelona. I advise you to go early in the morning before it gets very crowded. It is an original Spanish market with local specialities and foods that you can either snack on the go, eat in or take home.
Glad we did not have a big breakfast so we could snack here and there on the little food booths, get a fresh pressed fruit juice and enjoy some of the delicious and fresh sea food.
You can buy fresh local meats, fresh fish and other seafoods, organic vegetables and fruits, artisan bread and pastries. Not to mention the freshly pressed juices and seeds, nuts and dried fruit. At the end of the huge hall you find plenty of placed where you can have a seat and enjoy some freshly made tapas, vino and cakes.
I instantly fell in love with that place. It is the vibrant atmosphere and the crowds, the vast choices and fresh food offerings you find in the food hall.
What ever foodie you are if vegetarian, vegan, flexitarian or paleo - you will find your kind of food. I promise!
I could not help myself but get some Spanish delicatessen, herbs and spices for Vic's health kitchen :) Dried rosemary smelled amazing and the spices where so colourful. I bought organic locally produced Catalonian Prosciutto and some different kinds of peppers, saffron, piementos, fresh nutmeg, laurels and aniseed.
As I said, I changed the recipe a bit as the original uses Italian prosciutto, veal and sage, but I found that the Spanish Serrano, chicken breast and the fresh rosemary herbs from the market tastes as great making the dish a lot leaner. I added some fresh figs as well as they taste amazing wrapped and pan fried with the chicken.
I made it simple and just added a tomato and green field salad as a side for my saltimbocca. Feel free to either cook some of the cherry tomatoes with the chicken in the pan or just have them raw on your salad.
ALL YOU NEED:
- 4 sliced of ham, I used organic spanish serrano ham
- 2 pieces of organic free range chicken, halved lengthwise
- sage leaves, I used fresh rosemary
- fresh figs, halved
- a couple of garlic cloves, halved
- a handful of cherry tomatoes
- field salad
- Extra vergine olive oil
- Sea salt and fresh black pepper, to taste
THIS IS HOW YOU DO IT:
- Season chicken to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Place garlic, rosemary and fresh figs on top and wrap with serrano ham.
- Cook the wrapped chicken (with some cherry tomatoes if you like) in pan with a little bit of olive oil until cooked and nicely golden.
- Serve saltimbocca with the field salad and some colourful cherry tomatoes simply dressed with some olive oil and sea salt.