Francesinha (Super Indulgent Portuguese Sandwich)

Recipe by Sarah_Jayne
READY IN: 15mins


  • 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
    chicken stock cube
  • 1
    tablespoon butter
  • 2
    tablespoons concentrated tomato paste
  • 14
    cup brandy or 1/4 cup port wine
  • 14
    cup milk
  • 1
    tablespoon cornstarch
  • chili flakes, to taste
  • salt, to taste


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