Would You Eat It? Porto’s Francesinha

Think of all your favorite foods – meat, eggs, cheese, and even beer – and then put it all in a sandwich: Ta da! You get the francesinha, a typical sandwich found traditionally in Porto, Portugal. I had the pleasure of my first bite of francesinha during a foreign student field trip while studying abroad in Santiago de Compostela, a Galician city north of the Portuguese border in Spain. I always order the most authentic and traditional food in every city I visit, and francesinha was everyone’s top suggestion. My first impression was that it was some kind of pasta dish – the melted cheese on top of the sandwich confused me into thinking it was lasagna noodles. In reality, francesinha is a sandwich stuffed with several different meats, topped with cheese and a fried egg and then smothered in a beer sauce. I imagine most Americans would love to chomp down on one of these!

So… would you eat it?

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