Porto - Francesinha Cooking Class -   The Iconic Dish of Porto

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Francesinha Cooking Class - The Iconic Dish of Porto

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(67 reviews)
City Center, Porto, Portugal
45 mins

About the tour

In my city there's an iconic dish, a real crowd pleaser. An opulent, hot, meat and cheese sandwich, covered in a delicious sauce, which everyone has to try when visiting Porto: the famous "Francesinha"! In this cooking class we'll learn how to do it, so you can try it at home. I'll tell you all about the history and secrets behind this local delicacy, as we cook one live. Are you already mouth watering?! Ingredients Sandwich: 2 slices of good form bread 2 fresh "linguiça" (grilled) 2 fresh sausage (grilled) 1 slice prosciutto 1 slice ham 1 slice of "salpicão" 6 slices of edam cheese ¼ inch thick grilled beef steak Sauce: (if you want to cook live with us, prepare the sauce in advance, as it has to simmer for about 1 hour). ¼ cup milk 1 tablespoon corn starch 12 ounces beer 2 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons tomato paste ¼ cup Port wine 1 beef stock cube 1 bay leaf salt and pepper to taste Optional: Sunny fried egg on top French fries, on the side Instructions: 1) Preheat the oven to very hot (250°C | 480F°). 2) In a small bowl, dissolve the corn starch in 2 tablespoons of the milk. Stir to make certain there are no lumps and set aside. 3) In a sauce pan melt the butter on medium low heat. Add in the tomato paste and stir well. Pour in the rest of the milk, beer, Port, and add in the bay leaf and beef stock. Increase the heat to medium high and bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Turn off the heat and discard the bay leaf. Stir the corn starch and milk mixture again and add it to the sauce, stirring well. Set aside. 4) Assemble the sandwich. 5) Place the dish into the preheated oven and allow the cheese to melt, about 5-10 minutes. 6) Remove the Francesinha from the oven and pour the very warm sauce on top, generously. Ready to enjoy!

Meet Sara Mello

Sara Mello

Sara has being working in Tourism since 2007 and became a Certified Guide in 2018. After working as a Lawyer, Economics teacher, Musical Public Relations and in the Port Wine Cellars, she found her true calling in Professional Guiding. And didn't hesitate to change her life to follow her heart and reach that goal! A passionate traveller herself, she gathered all of this vast professional experience to give a different twist and create city tours she would like to be part of! Living in Porto forever, you'll see the city in the perspective of a true local, that finds personal memories in every story, sight, colour or smell of this city she embraced as hers. She wants to take you by the hand and make you fall in love with this ancient UNESCO World Heritage gem. Meet its proud people and unique soul: after all, the city that gave Portugal its name!

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We’re travelling to Porto with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you’ll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing content creator.

The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your content creator directly from Porto. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your content creator and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to join, but you have the option to leave a tip during the tour.

The majority of your tip goes directly to support the channel, while the rest helps Heygo continue to build a place that brings the world closer together.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers

Linda B.

24 June 2021

Amazing tour Sara Mello. Thank you 💕

Esther S.

24 June 2021

Excellent. Sara is a fantastic guide. Thank you

Muriel C.

16 May 2021

The best tour guide. 5 stars

Richard 🇺🇸 G.

13 May 2021

I'm a fan of the city and of the guide, will be one many more tours.

Pilar P.

12 May 2021

Amazing ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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