The Francesinha has a lot of ingredients, so feel free to adjust your meat and cheese portions to taste. Some people use premade sauce for the gravy; however this is the most important part of the dish. This recipe is from the Hotel Teatro in Porto. It uses a splash of port in the gravy, but others include beer, red wine or other unique touches.
Fresh Bread 2 slices
Flamengo or Edam Cheese
Steak or Roast Beef several slices
Ham several slices
Cooked Fresh Sausage
several slices2 1 Such as linguiça. 2 Such as merguez or chorizo.
GRAVYOlive Onion Oil1 1 clove, small,1 Tbs chopped chopped
Tomatoes 2, chopped
Red Bell Bepper 1, chopped
Beef Stock 2 cups
Port a splash
Piri-Piri Sauce a dash,
several dashes, to taste
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 FOR the gravy, sauté the onion, garlic, pepper and tomatoes in olive oil until browned.
2 REMOVE from the heat and add the beef stock, port, piri-piri sauce, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Use an immersion blender to purée the gravy until it has a velvety consistency.
3 RETURN to the stove and simmer on low heat for 2–3 hours.
4 WHEN the gravy is ready, put the meat and sausages inside the sandwich and lay the slices of cheese on top. Broil for 1–2 minutes to melt the cheese. Pour a generous helping of boiling hot gravy on top of the sandwich; serve.