Francesinha (Super Indulgent Portuguese Sandwich)

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 10 mins

This looks very yummy but certainly not one for the diet! Apparently, it is the Portuguese take on the French croque-monsieur.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 slices white bread
  • 2 slices smoked ham
  • 4 slices cheese, something melty like a dutch cheese
  • 1 cooked sausage, sliced, something along the lines of chorizo
  • 1 slice roast beef
  • For the sauce Sauce

  • 1 beer
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons concentrated tomato paste
  • 14 cup brandy or 14 cup port wine
  • 14 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 bay leaf
  • chili flakes, to taste
  • salt, to taste


  1. Make the sauce first by dissolving the cornstarch into the milk.
  2. Add all the other sauce ingredients and blend in food processor.
  3. Put it into a pan over low heat and add the bay leaf .
  4. Stir it until it starts to boil, remove bay leaf and then set aside.
  5. Assemble the sandwich saving 2 slices of cheese.
  6. Put the sandwich on a plate or shallow bowl and place the 2 slices of cheese on top.
  7. Pour the sauce over the sandwich (should be hot, so the cheese melts).
  8. Eat -- you may want a bib.
Most Helpful

Greetings from Portugal, this is truely a marvlous receipe, I make it often. My the kids just love it. We usually don't use roast beef, instead we use a very thin steaks, and pepperonie sausage, the rest of the receipe is the same. It is served with french-fries surrounded all the way around the plate, its very good, but very bad for the waist-line !! LOL LOL, but who cares!!!

Mia #3 May 12, 2009

I am not in the slightest impressed with this recipe. I followed the sauce recipe to the letter and found it very bitter, so bitter in fact, that it was inedible. A total waste of ingredients.

Bastion Bloke March 10, 2015