How to Make Francesinha

This is a traditional sandwich from north of Portugal. The guide is adapted using ingredients available in the fridge and from a typical NYC grocery store.

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Onion, bay leaf and garlic

Onion, bay leaf and garlic

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Beer. About a can worth. Any kind. Good old Bud would do it.

Beer. About a can worth. Any kind. Good old Bud would do it.

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Tomato paste. Yes, you can use fresh tomatoes too.

Tomato paste. Yes, you can use fresh tomatoes too.

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Open your liquor cabinet and choose one that you like.

Open your liquor cabinet and choose one that you like.

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Cry a little.

Cry a little.

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Into the pot. If you have meat available add it before the onions and brown them.

Into the pot. If you have meat available add it before the onions and brown them.

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Smelly hands.

Smelly hands.

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Into the pot again.

Into the pot again.

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Some olive oil

Some olive oil

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Stir

Stir

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Bay leaf.

Bay leaf.

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Let them cook a bit.

Let them cook a bit.

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Always taste before adding to the pot. If you have port wine, add it as well.

Always taste before adding to the pot. If you have port wine, add it as well.

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Refresh.

Refresh.

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After its reduced, add your tomato

After its reduced, add your tomato

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Fry it for a couple of minutes. If using fresh tomatoes make sure you let it reduce until its fully dried.

Fry it for a couple of minutes. If using fresh tomatoes make sure you let it reduce until its fully dried.

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Add your beer. You can always add more.

Add your beer. You can always add more.

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Let it come to a boil

Let it come to a boil

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It's takes longer if you stare at it.

It's takes longer if you stare at it.

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Add any extra bones you might have left from thanksgiving.

Add any extra bones you might have left from thanksgiving.

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Boiling.

Boiling.

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Lower the heat to a simmer.

Lower the heat to a simmer.

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Now the sandwich.

Now the sandwich.

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Cheese, ham and chorizo.

Cheese, ham and chorizo.

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Hotdog links

Hotdog links

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In halfs

In halfs

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Ham, chorizo, cheese and links. In Portugal they use sausage, linguiça ( it's like Chinese sausage ) and sometimes salame.

Ham, chorizo, cheese and links. In Portugal they use sausage, linguiça ( it's like Chinese sausage ) and sometimes salame.

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Leftover turkey. This would be a "febra de porco" (a very thin slice of pork loin)

Leftover turkey. This would be a "febra de porco" (a very thin slice of pork loin)

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Grill your hotdog.

Grill your hotdog.

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Flip.

Flip.

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Some extra for a snack.

Some extra for a snack.

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Look if your sauce is doing well.

Look if your sauce is doing well.

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Toast the bread.

Toast the bread.

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Make enough for everyone.

Make enough for everyone.

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Ham

Ham

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Chorizo/salame

Chorizo/salame

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Your "febra de porco"

Your "febra de porco"

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Hotdog links. Or linguiça if you have some.

Hotdog links. Or linguiça if you have some.

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Cheese.

Cheese.

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Close it

Close it

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Mas queso.

Mas queso.

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All of them.

All of them.

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Your sauce its pretty much reduce by now.

Your sauce its pretty much reduce by now.

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Take the bones/meat, and bay leaf out.

Take the bones/meat, and bay leaf out.

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Vrrrr it.

Vrrrr it.

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Season with some Mexican Piri-Piri. (Piri-Piri sauce is a typical Portuguese spicy sauce)

Season with some Mexican Piri-Piri. (Piri-Piri sauce is a typical Portuguese spicy sauce)

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Taste it.

Taste it.

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Corn starch

Corn starch

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Cold water

Cold water

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Mix

Mix

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Turn the heat on high.

Turn the heat on high.

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Season with salt, pepper and lemon juice.

Season with salt, pepper and lemon juice.

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Add your corn starch slurry to get the sauce thicker. Maybe a little bit thicker. Should be a spicy beer and meat sauce.

Add your corn starch slurry to get the sauce thicker. Maybe a little bit thicker. Should be a spicy beer and meat sauce.

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Top the sandwich with some fried egg. Hard boil also works.

Top the sandwich with some fried egg. Hard boil also works.

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Some people like with just one slice of bread. Do it if you think it makes it healthier.

Some people like with just one slice of bread. Do it if you think it makes it healthier.

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Salt and pepper.

Salt and pepper.

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You can gratin it without the egg or warm it in the oven. Not a necessary step.

You can gratin it without the egg or warm it in the oven. Not a necessary step.

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Spread your plates. The healthier version on a different plate.

Spread your plates. The healthier version on a different plate.

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Refreshments.

Refreshments.

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All onto the plates

All onto the plates

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Sauce it... It has to be smoking hot.

Sauce it... It has to be smoking hot.

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The cheese will melt just enough.

The cheese will melt just enough.

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And there you go.

And there you go.

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Eat it near the the pot with the sauce. You will need some extra.

Eat it near the the pot with the sauce. You will need some extra.

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Try to eat it without making a mess.

Try to eat it without making a mess.

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Done.

Done.

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Thank you for watching.

Thank you for watching.

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