Honoring the food of my readers: Portuguese Francesinha

Portugal is the first country in this series so far that I have actually visited myself. This Mediterranean nation has a lot of beautiful coastline and other extraordinary geographic marvels.

I could have picked any number of fish dishes, but I decided to go with a popular street food.

Sandwiches are fantastic. I just rediscovered my bread machine after misplacing the mixing paddle for the longest time. Fresh homemade loaves are so much cheaper than store-bought even if you are making it every day.

Portuguese Francesinha

What you will need (per sandwich):

  • 2 slices bread
  • 2 slices smoked ham
  • 4 slices cheese
  • 1 grilled sausage, thinly sliced

How you can do it:

  1. Assemble sandwich with filling (just 2 slices of cheese inside) between bread.
  2. Top with the remaining 2 slices of cheese.
  3. Heat, if desired.


  • 1/2 cup beer (I actually subbed this for apple juice because I didn’t want to have to run to the store for a can of beer… that I wasn’t going to use all of…)
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp concentrated tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup milk

How you can do it:

  1. Heat the beer/juice, stock, butter and tomato paste in a saucepan.
  2. In a small jug, thoroughly combine the cornstarch and milk by adding a tbsp of liquid at a time.
  3. Add the thickening mixture into the saucepan and stir as the sauce thickens.

Enjoy the sandwich covered in sauce or pour the sauce into a cute ramekin as a dip.

Portugal, thank you for your classy sandwich. It is set to be a lunchtime winner.

From mine to yours,
Mumma Alsum

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