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Francesinha
Servings:

serving time2 Sandwiches

Ingredients

  • For the sauce:

  • 4 tbsps olive oil

  • 1 large onion, finely diced

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 750ml lager

  • 400ml passata

  • 25ml Port

  • 125ml white wine

  • 25ml brandy

  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 tbsp piri-piri sauce

  • 1 dried piri piri chilli

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 tbsp salt

  • 1 tbsp fresh ground pepper

  • 1 tbsp cornflour

  • To assemble:

  • 4 linguica sausages

  • 1 sirloin steak, bashed to about 1 cm thick

  • Olive oil

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 12 slices salami/deli ham

  • 4 slices thick sliced white bread

  • 14 slices provolone cheese

  • 2 fried eggs

Instructions

  1. Begin by making the sauce: place the olive oil into a large saucepan and set over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes until soft and translucent, then add the garlic and cook for a further 2 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients, apart from the cornflour, and bring to the boil then leave to simmer for 30 - 40 minutes until slightly reduced. Remove a few tablespoons of the sauce into a small bowl and mix with the cornflour until no lumps remain - this is called ‘slaking’ - and add the mixture back into the pan. Bring back to the boil, stirring constantly, until the sauce thickens slightly, then set aside.

  2. To assemble the sandwich: Preheat your oven to 220 C / 200 C and place the sausages into a baking tray. Cook for 30 minutes, until browned and cooked through; alternatively, you can grill or pan-fry the sausages. Whilst the sausages are cooking, heat a griddle pan over high heat. Rub the flattened steak with a little olive oil and season well with salt and pepper then place on the preheated griddle and cook for 2 - 3 minutes on each side, or until done to your liking.

  3. When the sausages and steak are cooked, begin to assemble your sandwich; cut the sausages open in half lengthways, and cut the steak in half widthways, then build your sandwiches in the following order: 1 slice of bread > 3 slices of salami/ham > 1 slice of cheese > 1 piece of steak > 3 slices of salami/ham > 1 slice of cheese > 4 sausage halves > 1 slice of bread > 5 slices of cheese.

  4. Toast the sandwich in the oven at 220ºC / 425ºF / Gas mark 7 for about 10 minutes.

  5. Whilst the sandwich is in the oven, warm your sauce up and fry your egg in olive oil.

  6. Finally, remove the sandwiches from the oven and place on your serving plates. Place a fried egg on top of each sandwich and pour some hot sauce on top of the sandwich, then tuck in with a cold beer!

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