Bread’s biggest enemy: moisture. Nothing makes a sandwich more unappetizing than soggy bread. As opposed to Ross Geller’s ‘moist maker,’ Sheldon Cooper (above) prefers his sandwiches fresh and dry. Sheldon uses the cheese as a ‘moisture barrier’ between the bread and lettuce. I find that the only two ways around soggy bread in a sandwich are either don’t use lettuce or use very thick, moisture-absorbing bread such as the tasty focaccia bread used in my recipe below:

Ham and cheese sandwich on Focaccia bread

Ham and cheese on Focaccia


focaccia bread

3 slices of ham

1 slice of cheese


sliced tomato

salt and pepper

1 teaspoon of mayonaise


1. Lightly toast focaccia bread, also ensures that bread doesn’t get soggy from lettuce and tomato.

2. Assemble sandwich in any order that you prefer, but if you don’t like soggy sandwiches, start with the cheese, layering the bottom piece of bread, then place all the wet ingredients in the middle: lettuce and tomato, and make sure the top two ingredients are the ham and a teaspoon smear of mayonnaise with salt and pepper.

3. Slice sandwich in half and enjoy!

Ham and cheese sandwich on Focaccia bread

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