Grilled turkey saltimbocca

Total Time
37 min
8 min
17 min
Saltimboca, which means jumps in the mouth, in Italian, refers to the tasty combination of flavors in this Roman specialty. Turkey Cutlets, proscuitto, and asparagus flavored with goat cheese and fresh sage combine for a scrumptious weeknight dinner. Select asparagus that are slightly thicker for ease in wrapping the cutlets. Plunging the asparagus into ice water stops the cooking process so that the vegetable retains its bright green hue and delicious flavor. Soaking the wooden skewers in water ensures that they won't char on the grill. This one-dish meal pairs perfectly with a side of pasta, new potatoes or crusty Italian bread.


Uncooked asparagus

32 spear(s), medium, (about 3/4 pound) pencil (thin), trimmed

Uncooked turkey breast cutlets

16 oz, 4 (1/4-pound) cutlets

Soft-type goat cheese

4 Tbsp, (1/4 cup)

Table salt

¼ tsp

Black pepper

¼ tsp

Fresh sage

12 leaf/leaves


8 slice(s), (1/2-ounce slices)

Cooking spray

5 spray(s)


  1. Spray grill rack with nonstick spray. Preheat grill to medium or prepare medium fire. Soak 4 short wooden skewers in water at least 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, bring 1 inch salted water to boil in large skillet. Add asparagus and cook, covered, until crisp-tender and bright green, about 2 minutes. With tongs, transfer to bowl of ice water and let cool about 2 minutes. Drain asparagus on double layer of paper towels and pat dry.
  3. Place turkey cutlets between two pieces of plastic wrap. With meat mallet or rolling pin, lightly pound turkey to 1/4-inch thickness. Remove top piece of plastic wrap and discard. Sprinkle turkey with salt and pepper. Spread 1 tablespoon goat cheese on each cutlet. Place 8 asparagus spears crosswise on each cutlet and roll up beginning with short side. Place 3 sage leaves on each roll and wrap in 2 slices of prosciutto. Secure each roll with skewer and lightly spray with nonstick spray.
  4. Place rolls on grill rack and grill, covered, turning occasionally, until turkey is cooked through, about 12 minutes. Remove skewers before eating.
  5. Per serving: 1 turkey roll