If you’re on the hunt for some delicious and tasty ideas for this warm, mouth-watering sour dough bread, then you’ve come to the right place. From sliced avocados, to decadent French onion soup, let’s explore the seemingly countless options on what you can eat with sourdough bread.
What is Sourdough Bread?
Sourdough is a naturally leavened bread, which means that it does not acquire commercial yeast to rise. Instead, it uses a fermented flour and water mixture that contains wild yeast and good bacteria, making it puff up beautifully. This also produces the tangy taste and slightly chewy texture you’ll find in sourdough.
Sourdough also has many health benefits compared to some types of common bread.
What is Sourdough Starter?
You may have heard of this term when you stumbled upon the ingredients used to make sourdough.
Sourdough starter is essentially an active, fermented flour and water mixture that contains wild yeast and good bacteria. The sourdough started acts as a leavening agent and replaces the need for commercial yeast when making bread. The great thing about having a sourdough starter is that you can create a variety of recipes with it, aside from plain old bread you can opt for sourdough bagels, sourdough pancakes and my personal favorite – sourdough cinnamon rolls!
Uses for Sourdough Bread
Tangy, crusty sourdough bread makes for some of the most impeccable toast in the world, but there’s more!
You can use leftover loaf, or buy a fresh loaf and use it in these terrific recipes:
- Sourdough Bread With Chicken
- Sourdough Bread Stuffing
- Sourdough Bread Bowl
- Sourdough Bread Crumbs
- Sourdough Bread Pudding
Sourdough Bread With Chicken
Try roasting thick chunks of sourdough bread with your evening roast chicken. Simply tear your sourdough bread and slot them into the little gaps where the uncooked chicken rests on a baking tray. You’ll find the delicious juices of the chicken, seeping into the crunchy chunks of sourdough bread, making this terrific meal ever so tastier.
Sourdough Bread Stuffing
Stuffing doesn’t have to be limited to holiday meals, it can make for a great side dish with any meal. You can make sourdough stuffing. Cubed sourdough bread is a great base for any recipe, but it’s especially scrumptious when you throw some cheese into the mix. Try this dish with your favorite chicken or vegetable soup, you won’t regret it!
Sourdough Bread Bowl
A beautiful, vibrant, viridescent tomato soup poured into a loaf of hollowed-out sourdough bread, is a perfectly gorgeous way to eat a simple meal of bread and soup. The tanginess of the green tomatoes, sinking into the plush sourdough bread, would create marvelous flavors in your mouth. This recipe is definitely worth attempting.
Sourdough Bread Crumbs
Sourdough bread crumbs are a savory, and flavorful topping to toss over your favorite meals. Whether it’s a salad, a thick creamy soup, or sprinkled over some thick and juicy roast chicken. Sourdough breadcrumbs are loaded with potent herby flavors, perfect to add to simpler meals especially if the bread is super crispy, providing you with that impeccable crunch as you dip your spoon back into your bowls for more.
Sourdough Bread Pudding
For a very simple, yet savoury bread pudding, simply toast slices of sourdough bread and layer with artichokes, cheese, and a combination of milk and eggs, then plop them in the oven to bake.
What’s the Best Way to Eat Sourdough Bread?
Sourdough bread is amongst the healthiest bread you can find, because it contains high levels of folate and antioxidants than ordinary bread. Sourdough bread has the greatest ability of satisfying ones cravings, especially when its hard exterior is dunked into a bowl of cold or warm soup. You might find that you prefer to use the bread to make a quick sandwich.
Whatever you choose, you might want to take a quick peak at some quick tasty ideas below:
- Fresh Jam or Jelly
- Basil, Mozzarella & Tomato
- Mushrooms with Caramelised Onions
- Peanut Butter/Savoury Spread
- Garlic and Shiitake Mushroom
- Nut Butter, Banana & Blueberries
- Fig & Ricotta
- Greek Yoghurt & Fresh Berries
Let’s gravitate towards the classics, because why not? Who doesn’t love a bit of butter on their toast? Spread that gorgeous golden butter over a slice of crunchy sourdough bread, try adding a sprinkle of salt over the top for some extra flavours, and you won’t regret it.
Fresh Jam or Jelly
Get hunting for some fresh fruits to use in your jams or jellies, whether you pick peaches, berries or plums, create a delectable spread to eat with your sourdough bread.
Basil, Mozzarella & Tomato
If you’re a fan of Caprese salad, then you’re going to love topping your sourdough with fresh basil, tomato and mozzarella. For an added element of deliciousness, try adding some olive oil, and sea salt to the mix, and let each bite pull you into another dimension.
You might have heard of avocado toast, or scrolled through Instagram stumbling across a post of someone’s breakfast laying on a pretty plate; toast layered with slices of creamy avocados. You can stick to this concept with using sourdough bread instead, or add a sprinkle of chili flakes, and a splash of honey for a sweet and spicy kick.
Mushrooms with Caramelised Onions
Craving an early afternoon snack? You’ll love the soft companionship of mushrooms, paired with caramelised onions topped over a slice of sourdough bread. Brown the mushrooms in a pan, remove them and add some sliced onions. Caramelise the onions with 1 to 2 teaspoons of sugar and 2 teaspoons of water. Keep them in the pan for about 5 minutes and then add them to your mushrooms. There you have it, one perfectly delicious snack.
Another delicious, decadent topping for all my sourdough bread lovers out there, is hummus. Top your bread with a generous spread of hummus, add some sliced avocados, fresh red pepper and a pinch of cayenne pepper.
Peanut Butter/Savoury Spread
Yet another classic that has never let us down, is this stick peanut butter spread. Try lightly toasting your bread before spreading a thick layer of peanut butter over your golden bread, you can enjoy this with a mug of warm milk, hot chocolate, or a simple cup of piping hot tea, to wash the sweet tanginess down.
Garlic and Shiitake Mushroom
A simple yet wonderful topping for your sourdough bread is a garlic and shiitake mushroom sauté. Combine all your ingredients into a pan, with a splash of olive oil, a sprinkle of salt and pepper, spread this over your toasted bread and enjoy!
Eggs and toast, are moderately appreciated when eaten for breakfast. Luckily for us, eggs can be enjoyed at any hour of the day, and they are impeccable when paired with sourdough bread. Try frying your eggs, leaving the yolks a little runny, so that the yolk oozes over the crunchy bread, making this a simple yet scrumptious meal.
Nut Butter, Banana & Blueberries
You’ve heard of peanut butter and banana sandwich, so why not try this sourdough bread, spreading it with your choice of nut butter, finishing this masterpiece off with freshly sliced banana and a few berries.
Fig & Ricotta
Fresh fig with some ricotta cheese to make a quick sweet and savory treat. Try toasting your sourdough and adding a trickle of honey over the top of your brilliant creation to accentuate the depth of the sweet flavors emanating from the fig.
Greek Yoghurt & Fresh Berries
This sourdough bread topping can quickly become your favorite meal to have for breakfast. Try adding a small glop of Greek yoghurt and your favorite colorful berries to make this sweet, savory, and healthy snack. What a fantastic way to begin your day!
Other Things to Eat with Sourdough Bread
Considering a massive switch from regular bread to sourdough bread permanently? Then perhaps you’re in need of some delicious ideas on what to eat with this phenomenal loaf of bread. Packed with superlative nutrients, this bread will only make you happier, trust me. Take a peak at the list of mouth-watering dishes below:
- Cut of Beef Steak
- Roasted Sweet Potato Fries
- Vegetable Lasagne
- Cauliflower Dip
- Vegetable Soup
- Creamy Mushroom Chicken
- Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Dip
- White Beans & Spring Vegetable Stew
Cut of Beef Steak
A great alternative to the usual chicken nuggets or chicken tender would be this impeccable grass-fed beef steak. Packed with great sources of protein, it’ll help pull you away from processed meals that many have become accustomed to eating. When served with sourdough bread, this succulent slab of beef becomes 10 times better.
With tangy flavors emanating from the bread, contrasting perfectly with the juices seeping out of the meat, and into the soft parts of the sourdough bread, making it a great accompaniment to your evening meal that you and your family will most definitely enjoy.
Roasted Sweet Potato Fries
Sweet potatoes are normally regarded as a side dish to meats, however that doesn’t mean that they cannot be enjoyed with some sourdough bread. Topping the fries with a little salt and pepper would produce a perfectly rich flavor.
You might choose to add other seasonings like garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, black pepper, and more. Try cutting the sweet potatoes into strips or wedges, whatever you decide make sure you coat them in olive oil and keep an eye on them while they turn crisp and delicious in the oven.
A nice twist to regular lasagna is evident in this vegetable version. This recipe uses mushrooms and frozen spinach to give the dish a hearty pinch without being too overbearing. Serve this with some sourdough bread for a marvelous balance of flavors.
Cauliflower is nice when its baked, sautéed, steamed, boiled or even fried. But have you tried cauliflower dips?
Cauliflower dips are a great alternative to those made from other vegetables like broccoli, as it has fewer calories. Additionally its excellent nutritional profile is what makes it so perfect – gluten free, low carbs and very easy to digest.
Sourdough makes this dip all the more enjoyable. Simply drop your bread into the dip for a couple of seconds, before tearing off a huge chunk of it with your teeth. Doesn’t that taste heavenly?
Soup is normally served with bread, so vegetable soup is a great way to increase your intake of vitamins, nutrients and dietary fiber. The great thing about vegetable soup is that you can add any vegetables of your choice, followed by your favorite seasonings.
Creamy Mushroom Chicken
Having both sourdough bread and mushrooms for dinner is undoubtedly exciting. Mushrooms are low in calories, but they have lots of micronutrients that are important for healthy living.
The sourdough bread creates an even better meal out of this dish, because it has baked cheese resting atop the dish. Just make sure that the bread is toasted enough to give it a crispy texture.
Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Dip
If you’re craving something cheesy, warm, and comforting for dinner then this dish has your name all over it. Cheesy spinach artichoke dip is the perfect companion for sourdough bread because its supple texture balances out the crunchy, crisp exterior of the bread. And who doesn’t love cheese? This warm creamy meal will become a favorite amongst your guests. Enjoy the leftovers for lunch at work, don’t worry this dish tastes great when microwaved.
White Beans & Spring Vegetable Stew
A hearty dish that will provide you with an energy boost after you’ve been out in the cold. Perfect for those days where you don’t feel like eating much. Serve this warm stew with sourdough bread to complete your meal. You might choose to crumble the crusty bread over your stew to add a little tanginess to the warm, hearty flavors of the stew.
Making Sourdough Bread
To make sourdough bread, you’ll need three simple ingredients:
You won’t need instant or fresh yeast, milk, eggs or sweeteners. In sourdough bread the starter acts as the rising element.
Although upon first glance sourdough bread might not appear to be all that different from regular bread, the fermentation process that the sourdough starter goes through introduces a whole world of nutritional benefits.
Is Sourdough Healthy?
All types of bread contain essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and iron. However, we aren’t able to easily absorb these nutrients due to compounds called phytates, or phytic acid, that tether them. Sourdough, unlike other bread, contains lactic acid, which neutralizes the levels of phytates because it lowers the PH of the bread. As a result, the bread has a higher level of minerals and less phytic acid than normal bread.
So What Can You Eat With Sourdough Bread?
Anything you like, from the simplest of toppings like avocado and butter to the greatest of meals that acquire a light appetiser like sourdough bread. This could be your favourite chicken soup, or roast chicken, whatever you decide to pair with sourdough bread, when you discover the bread absorbing the impeccable flavours of your main meal so eloquently, you’ll be back for more.
There are many ways that you can eat and enjoy your sourdough bread: tear pieces of the bread and toss them in a pan with shallots and chicken, use it in stuffing, make it into a bread bowl for soup, crumble them into bread crumbs, or use it in bread pudding.
Swiss, cheddar and sourdough make the perfect trio. You’ll find that the sourness of the swiss cheese cancels out the saltiness of the cheddar perfectly.