What is a Francesinha?
Francesinha (meaning Little frenchie) is a Portuguese sandwich originally from Porto, it is made with bread, ham, linguiça, steak or roast meat and covered with melted cheese and a spicy tomato sauce served with french fries.
Some say that the Francesinha was created in the 1960s by Daniel da Silva, a Portuguese emigrant who returned from France and adapted the croque-monsieur to the Portuguese palate. The croque monsieur is a ham and cheese sandwich usually made with Brioche-like bread pieces, topped with grated cheese. Then the whole sandwich is finally baked so that the top cheese can melt over the bread's edges.
Francesinha sauces are usually tomato based and vary in spiciness. The sauce is traditionally a secret, with each cook having its variation.
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