Francesinha – Little Frenchie Portuguese Sandwich
Dear friends today I want to share with you the history and recipe of one of Portugal's famous sandwich. The "Francesinha, the most complete sandwich just for the brave" The Francesinha is essentially just slabs of bread stuffed with meat and cheese, but Portuguese chefs are reluctant to share their technique. Locals will have their favorite restaurant with the best Francesinha in town, typically arguing about the quality of the sauce (a secret recipe that varies by restaurant) and the quality of the meats.To be fair, this is not your everyday sandwich. Most of my Portuguese friends have a “1 a month” rule to ensure their cholesterol stays slightly below the “red zone”; which is why you should be super choosy when tucking to your own Francesinha.
Few dishes in Portugal inspire such heated debate as the Francesinha, essentially a toastie pimped to epic proportions and smothered in a rich, meaty sauce. The name, which roughly translates as "Little Frenchie," might suggest a dainty and delicate dish, but this sandwich is as hearty and hardcore as it gets. The Francesinha's origins are somewhat hazy, but it's said to be a distant relative of the "croque monsieur" that Portuguese migrants to France fell in love with during the 1950s and 60s, and adapted to their own meaty tastes on returning to Porto.
The story goes that the Francesinha was invented in Porto in 1953 by Daniel David de Oliveira, a young man from Terras do Bouro who had been an emigrant in France. Daniel said that his dish was inspired by the French women whom he considered " very spicy " . For many years in the bars of Porto only men, especially unmarried ate francesinhas, due to the spicy sauce, as conventional wisdom considered that the spice caused behavioral changes. so women could not eat - them, or risk being labeled with a bad reputation. With the passing of time, Francesinha ended up becoming one of the most appreciated delicacies of the city of Porto, food for all people and today enjoyed country wide. There are variations on the theme, but the classic Francesinha involves thick slabs of rough-cut bread, between which lie slices of steak, ham, and at least two types of sausage. The whole lot is draped in slices of mild cheese, topped with a fried egg, smothered in sauce, and served with a giant plate of chips.