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)
- Dissolve the flour well with the milk and add the remaining Sauce ingredients.
- Blend all the ingredients together into a smooth paste.
- 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.
- Season the steaks with salt and pepper and grill them, grill the sausage and the linguiça too.
- Toast the slices of bread.
- 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.
- Cover with the other slice of bread and place a slice of cheese over the bread.
- You can now also add the fried egg on top if you like.
- 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.
- When the cheese has fully melted, take it out of the oven and serve.