Francesinha or Francesiña, a sandwich for the hungry: traditional Portuguese recipe

Do not be fooled by its innocent name, because behind it is a strong bite. That is why we say that the Francesinha or Francesiña is a sandwich for the hungry and it is that you have to have a good hole in the stomach to account for it without leaving anything on the plate. Although it is so tasty that the same is a walk.

Typical of Portuguese cuisine, specifically from the Porto area, the Francesinha is a sandwich of various meats and cheese that is dipped in a spicy sauce based on tomato and beer. Our francesinha is a lighter version of the original. It has fewer layers of filling and a tuned Spanish sauce. We have left the sea of ​​apparent, so much that we have eaten it without blinking an eye. And it is slowly dying.


For 1 units
  • Sliced ​​rustic sliced ​​bread 2
  • Sliced ​​cheese 4
  • Sliced ​​roast beef 2
  • Sliced ​​cooked ham 1
  • pork sausages 2
  • Spanish sauce 150 g
  • Harissa, tabasco, cayenne or hot paprika
  • Extra virgin olive oil

How to make Francesinha or Francesiña

Difficulty: easy
  • Total time 30 m
  • Elaboration 10 m
  • Cooking 20 m

We start with the sauce that requires very little preparation, especially if we have the Spanish sauce ready. We add a small amount of tabasco, harissa or hot paprika to the Spanish sauce. To taste, depending on the spicy point that we want to give it. Stir well and reserve.

In a frying pan, without any oil since its own fat is enough, we cook the sausages over a low heat. We turn them from time to time so they don't burn. Once ready and tempered, we cut them in half lengthwise.

We toast the bread slices lightly and assemble the sandwich alternating the different ingredients: slice of bread, slice of cheese, roast beef, slice of cheese, slice of ham, slice of cheese, sausages, slice of cheese and, finally, slice of bread.

The ingredients can be varied to taste. Instead of veal, you can use loin tape, incorporate chorizo, bacon or other pork, add a slice of bread sandwiched between the layers of meat and cheese, cover with cheese before grading, etc.

Once the sandwich is assembled, we cover it with the spicy sauce that we have reserved and put it in the oven, pre-heated to 180, for five minutes. Enough so that it takes temperature and melts the cheese.

With which to accompany the Francesinha or Francesiña

Although there will be those who take a Francesinha or Francesiña at night and stay so pancho, we consider that it is better to enjoy it at lunchtime. It is a forceful bite, especially if we finish it with a fried egg and accompany it with fried potatoes and a beer, as the Portuguese tradition dictates.

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