This Italian favourite makes the perfect main course for romantic meal for two for under €10!


  • 2 x 200g sirloin steak
  • 1 pack parma ham
  • 24 basil leaves
  • coarse ground black pepper
  • 4-5 tbsp a little white wine
  • 25 g butter
  • pinch of sugar


  • Trim all the fat off the steaks and, with a very sharp knife, cut across the steak to make three thin slices.
  • Lay out the slices of Parma ham on the board and lay a slice of steak on top.
  • Season well with black pepper.
  • Lay the basil leaves on top and roll into a little cannon shape.
  • Heat a pan to medium hot, add a little oil and sear the rolls for about 90 seconds on each side until they are nicely browned. Remove from the pan and rest for 2 minutes.
  • Throw a splash of white wine, a 25g knob of butter and a pinch of sugar into the pan and bubble for 1 minute, scraping up with a wooden spoon.
  • Cut the saltimbocca into 4 discs and pour over the sauce.
  • This dish should be served on its own with the sauce. Maybe serve with ciabatta bread to mop up, but nothing else.