You call that mass of meat, beer, and cheese a little French girl? Sure, I’ll buy it.
Populo, Sao Miguel, Azores, Portugal. In an effort to sample as many Portuguese delicacies as possible while on Sao Miguel, this behemoth of a dish landed in front of me with a thud. A francesinha or “little French girl” as our waitress translated, consists of essentially two thin slices of bread stuffed with steak, ham, linguiça, and more sausage, then encased in melted cheese, drowned in a hot tomato and beer soup, and topped with a fried egg. What I want to know is, who was this saucy little French girl that “inspired” such a manly meat-lover’s delight?
Practical Info: The francesinha is a typical dish of Porto in mainland Portugal.