Whilst at the St Albans Christmas Market, Jade and I were surprised to be offered a portion of something neither of us had ever heard of. What we initially thought was a slice of lasagne turned out to be a portion of Francesinha, a traditional Portuguese sandwich originating from the city of Porto.
For Hugo, the gentlemen who kindly offered us the sample, his stall ‘Little Frenchie’ is currently a weekend hobby that he hopes can grow into a business. He told us, “the name of the dish translates to ‘Little French girl’, so I thought I’d call my business, ‘Little Frenchie’.”
In the chilly air, the dish was a welcome injection of warmth and comfort. Between two slices of cheese-topped bread were layers of ham, pastrami, chorizo and sausage. Then, ladled over the top of everything was a delicious beer-based tomato gravy, the recipe of which Hugo wouldn’t reveal as it was top secret.
It tasted as good as it looks & sounds! Despite the sandwich swimming in sauce, the bread wasn’t soggy and kept its integrity. Jade and I scoffed the lot and appreciated it as a perfect pick-me-up, especially in the cold, wintry air.
The UK isn’t short of places to grab a sandwich. Heck, we invented them! But Hugo is offering a variation that he quite rightly says isn’t very common and, luckily, is also really tasty.
Hopefully we’ll soon be seeing ‘Little Frenchie’ stands all over the country in no time.