How to make a Francesinha.

The inspiration to make this dish came from a croque monsieur, which is a hot sandwich made with ham and cheese and originated in France, but the sauce was invented in a Porto restaurant and the Portuguese ingredients give it a unique flavour. It is a typical dish of Porto, and is ideal for cold days and nights.

Ingredients: Serves 2

For the Sauce:

  • 33 cl Beer
  • 1 goblet of Brandy or port wine
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch flour
  • 2 tablespoons tomato puree
  • 1 tablespoon margarine
  • 10 ml of milk
  • Piripiri sauce (a few drops)
  • 1 cube of Beef stock
  • 1 Bay Leaf

For the Sandwich:

  • 4 slices of sliced bread (without crust)
  • 2 steaks
  • 2 sausages
  • 2 Portuguese smoked thin sausages (linguiça)
  • 2 slices of cheese
  • 2 slices of ham
  • 2 fried eggs (optional)


  1. Dissolve the flour well with the milk and add the remaining Sauce ingredients.
  2. Blend all the ingredients together into a smooth paste.
  3. On the stove bring the ingredients to a boil until it thickens a little, stirring always to avoid sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  4. Season the steaks with salt and pepper and grill them, grill the sausage and the linguiça too.
  5. Toast the slices of bread.
  6. In an oven-proof dish place 1 slice of bread, the steak, the Sausage cut in half, slice of ham and finally the linguiça cut in half just like the sausage.
  7. Cover with the other slice of bread and place a slice of cheese over the bread.
  8. You can now also add the fried egg on top if you like.
  9. Pour the sauce that you made earlier over the sandwich, cover with cheese and place in a preheated oven at 180C to melt the cheese.
  10. When the cheese has fully melted, take it out of the oven and serve.
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