What to Eat with Sourdough Bread: Toppings and Sides You’ll Surely Love!

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Sourdough bread is a great alternative to your typical gluten-free loaf. It’s naturally low in sugar, so it won’t spike your blood sugar levels. And because it has a mild sour taste, it pairs nicely with a variety of savory meals. It’s also quite easy to make at home! If you’re looking for new ways to use this delicious loaf of bread or just want some ideas on how to incorporate more sourdough recipes into your diet, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a variety of tasty and healthy toppings to eat with your sourdough bread, that you’ll most certainly love!

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What to Eat with Sourdough Bread?

There are no rules when it comes to eating sourdough bread. You can eat it plain and savor the delicious taste of this bread, or you can add toppings that will make your mouth water.

Let’s take a look at some delectable dishes to have with your sourdough bread:

  • Sandwiches
  • Bread Bowl
  • Banana Bread Pudding
  • Pumpkin Soup with Sourdough Sage Croutons
  • Berry-Stuffed French Toast


Sandwiches are a great way to use sourdough bread. You can make them with a variety of ingredients, to create the sandwich of your dreams.

For instance, if you like tomato sauce on your pizza, try spreading some cheese over your bread before adding some sliced tomatoes. Why not add some chips to your sandwich to make a fun crunchy snack!

Or perhaps you fancy something more luxurious? Try spreading mayonnaise over two slices of sourdough bread, layering them with ham or chicken breasts and adding lettuce leaves for extra crunchiness! This kind of sandwich is perfect for summertime picnics when it’s too warm outside to bake anything in an oven (and also too hot for mayonnaise).

Here’s a recipe for you to try: California Sourdough Sandwich.

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Bread Bowl

Bread bowls are a great way to add variety and interest to your diet, while also adding some healthy ingredients. You can make bread bowls with any type of bread, including sourdough bread or whole wheat bread.

The filling options are limitless – you can use meats like chicken or turkey, vegetables such as tomatoes and spinach, cheeses like cheddar cheese or feta cheese and even spreads such as hummus for an extra boost of protein content.

Bread bowls are perfect for lunch or dinner but they’re also easy enough to make for a crowd during the holidays too!

For extra flavor brush melted garlic & herb butter over the top before cooking.

Banana Bread Pudding

One of my favorite comfort foods is banana bread pudding. It has a crusty golden top, slathered in delicious vanilla sauce and a bumpy cube of sourdough bread for a tangy crunching finish.

Don’t be intimidated by the word “pudding” in this recipe – it doesn’t require any special techniques or ingredients to achieve this dish’s unique texture. All you need is some ripe bananas, milk and eggs to make your custard base before tossing it with chunks of cinnamon-spiced banana bread and baking until golden brown.

The result is rich but not heavy – perfect for warming up on chilly days!

Pumpkin Soup with Sourdough Sage Croutons

Pumpkin soup is a great fall dish, and sourdough bread is the perfect bread to use for dipping into it! The impeccable combination of sweet-ish savory flavors and textures will have you salivating in no time.

This hearty soup will fill your home with wonderful aromas that will have your family asking for more!

Berry-Stuffed French Toast

Stuffed French toast is the perfect way to use up stale bread. It’s also a great way to enjoy the creamy filling and sweet syrup that flavour up your French toast sandwiches.

There are many ways to prepare stuffed French toast, but this recipe calls for blueberries – and it’s one of my favourites.

You can substitute fresh blueberries for strawberries depending on what makes your moth water the most.

I like using fresh fruit because it doesn’t require any additional sweeteners. However, if you want some extra sweetness in your dish then feel free to add honey or brown sugar into the custard mixture before pouring it over your bread slices.

Leave these sweets out for healthier versions of this dish, such as anabolic French toast!

What To Eat With Sourdough

What Can I Put on Top of Sourdough Bread?

You may be wondering what compliments sourdough bread well. Well, the good news is that sourdough bread is a healthy alternative to regular bread and there are many tasty toppings you can add!

Here are several listed below:

  • Avocado Slices
  • Tomatoes and Basil
  • Butter
  • Jam or Jelly
  • Mozzarella
  • Mushroom and Caramel Onions

Avocado Slices

Avocado slices are a simple, yet delicious topping for your sourdough.

The fats in avocados help to keep you full for longer and the potassium works to lower blood pressure and reduce risk of heart disease.

To get started, you’ll need a few pieces of bread, sliced avocado and something to mash up those avocados with so they’re ready to go onto your toast once it comes out from under the grill or pan.

Mash up your avocado using a fork until it is smooth like butter (or use an electric mixer if you want). Add some seasoning if needed – whether you choose salt, pepper or lime juice for that extra taste and tangy juiciness!

Tomatoes and Basil

The combination of tomatoes and basil is an excellent topping for your sourdough bread.

Tomatoes are a good source of vitamins A and C, two nutrients that can help keep you healthy. This particular topping consists of tomato slices, garlic, basil and olive oil. It’s very easy to make at home!

Start by chopping your fresh tomatoes into small pieces then mix them with garlic cloves, freshly chopped basil leaves, vinegar (like balsamic vinegar), and salt & pepper to taste.


Butter may be one of the most common toppings for bread, but it is also quite versatile. You can enjoy the butter on your bread when it is just fresh out of the oven or when it is cold.

Let the butter melt beautifully on your freshly toasted sourdough bread and sprinkle a light dusting of salt to give it that special finishing touch!

Jam or Jelly

Jam and jelly are both perfect toppings for your sourdough bread.

You can spread them onto the top of your sourdough bread like you would butter, or you can use them to make a scrumptious jam paste.

For example, if you’re looking for a classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich, try spreading some homemade raspberry jam on one slice of bread and then spread some homemade peanut butter on the other slice of bread. The same goes for strawberry jam – just replace the raspberry with strawberry!

You can also make your own jams at home by combining berries or plums with sugar in a saucepan over low heat until all the ingredients are mixed together well. Once it has reached its perfect consistency (thick enough to stay in place but not so thick that it’s hard), allow it to cool before topping off your favorite sourdough slice with this delicious treat!


How about a generous sprinkle of mozzarella cheese? The creamy goodness of this stringy cheese will provide you with a soft and melt-in-your-mouth feeling that’ll surely satisfy your taste buds.

You can also make the most out of your sourdough bread by placing it on the grill while sprinkling shredded mozzarella on top. This will give your sourdough an incredible grilled crunch, making it all the more flavorful!

Not a fan of this cheese? You can also try any of the mozzarella substitutes.

Mushroom and Caramel Onions

If you crave warm and savory toppings, adding mushrooms and caramelized onions are the toppings for you. Brown your mushrooms in a pan with a little bit of oil or butter then set them aside.

To caramelize your onions, add a couple teaspoons of sugar followed by two teaspoons of water. Let that simmer in the pan for five more minutes. In the end, you can add your mushrooms to the mix, stir for a minute more, and then add this to the top of your sourdough bread!

What to Serve with Sourdough Bread?

Sourdough bread has a slightly sour taste that goes well with many ingredients. There are many varieties of dishes that pair wonderfully with sourdough bread, from savory to sweet and spicy to tangy. There are some incredibly delicious sourdough pairings, some of which include:

  • Baked Veggies
  • Steak
  • Eggplant Salad
  • Fried Beans
  • Sour Soup
  • Vegetable Stew
  • Roasted Sweet Potato Fries
  • Vegetable Lasagne

Baked Veggies

Baked veggies are always a great choice for a healthy lunch, dinner, and even breakfast or brunch. Healthy carbs are always welcome next to these briefly crisped veggies.

So don’t be afraid to lather your sourdough bread in some butter and enjoy it alongside your veggies!

What To Eat With Sourdough Bread


If you’re like me and love a juicy, tender steak but don’t have the time to put together a side dish for it, a slice of sourdough bread will save your meal.

You can add some garlic to it for extra flavor. But plain, tangy sourdough bread will provide the perfect plush texture, to go with your dribbling steak.

Eggplant Salad

Eggplant salad is a specific Romanian dish that is so easy to make and so tasty that you may choose to have it on top of a few slices of sourdough bread.

It can also be served as an appetizer or as an accompaniment to grilled meat or fish, alongside your basked filled with fresh sourdough bread, waiting to be devoured.

Fried Beans

Take some beans (your favorite kind), and fry them up in a pan with a little oil. Once the beans are cooked, place them on top of your slice of sourdough toast.

You can serve this as a side dish, with some of your favorite sauce or just plain and simple.

Alternatively, you can opt to add some chilli on top of your beans as well, for added depth and dimension to the flavor. Why not add some cheese on top of your toast for a richer taste?

Sour Soup

Sour soups are very popular, and there are so many different kinds to try. If you’ve never tried sour soup before, now’s your chance!

Their creamy, watery depth can be enjoyed with a variety of side dishes but bread remains a common favorite for many of us. Sourdough bread happens to be the perfect tool used for dipping into hot and delicious soups like this one.

When I make my own soup, I like to top it with diced tomatoes or avocado because they add such great flavour and texture! And if you’re looking for some extra nutrition in your meal overall – try adding some steamed broccoli florets (or something else green) which will provide even more anti-inflammatory benefits than to whip up a bowl of salad alone.

Vegetable Stew

Vegetable stews are even tastier when accompanied by one or two slices of your favourite bread. If you enjoy vegetable stews with a side of some freshly toasted bread, then prepare to have your experience amplified.

You can even make some croutons out of your sourdough bread and sprinkle them on top of your stew. This will give you a much crispier texture and flavor to your meal.

stew for sourdough

Roasted Sweet Potato Fries

Generally, sweet potatoes are enjoyed as a side to most meaty dishes. However, if you slice them into strips or wedges and pop them into the oven, the results are heavenly.

Sprinkle with your favorite seasonings, such as: garlic powder, cayenne, onion powder and salt, for that incredibly seasoned finish.

This perfectly healthy alternative to normal French fries, will leave you quite satiated, but craving more of its deliciousness!

Vegetable Lasagna

Vegetable lasagna is a great alternative to the usual meat-based one, especially if you want to enjoy your meal without feeling guilty about it later.

This is one of my favorite recipes when I’m in a rush because it doesn’t require too many ingredients and takes less than 30 minutes to prepare. It’s also very easy to make so even beginners can try making this dish at home! If you love mushrooms and spinach, then this dish will be perfect for you! The combination of both flavors gives an excellent taste, without being too heavy.

To top off this delicious meal, sourdough bread will complete your evening meal with an amazing taste that will keep you coming back for more!

So What to Eat with Sourdough Bread?

Sourdough bread is a staple in many kitchens, and there are many ways to enjoy it. It’s easy to make and tastes delicious, plus it has many health benefits that you can enjoy with your family too!

Whether you eat sourdough every day or just once in a while as an alternative to regular bread, these recipes will highlight the best attributes of sourdough bread enjoyed as an accompaniment.

What to Eat with Sourdough Bread – FAQs

What main dish goes well with sourdough bread?

Sourdough bread goes well with a variety of main dishes, that include; white rice, toast, pasta, steak, steamed fish or roasted chicken.

What can I do with a loaf of sourdough bread?

There are many ways to use your loaf of sourdough bread: roast it with chicken, use it in stuffing, make it into a bread bowl for soup, make it into bread crumbs, or use it in bread pudding.

By Anna

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