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40 Ways To Serve and Eat Sourdough Bread

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If you need some creative ideas on what to serve and eat with sourdough bread, I’ve got you covered.

Maybe you just learned how to make sourdough bread yourself. Or, maybe you acquired a special loaf from a friend. And now, you want to make the best use of it.

Truthfully, the options are endless. The deep, tangy flavor of sourdough pairs beautifully with other foods.

What makes sourdough different?

If you didn’t know, I’m kind of obsessed with sourdough, for a few different reasons.

Before yeast became a commercialized commodity, our ancestors relied on the wild yeasts of the air to give rise to their bread. This is what makes sourdough different.

Phytic acid is an anti-nutrient present in grains that aren’t properly prepared via soaking, sprouting, or fermenting. This is the traditional way of preparing grains, but in our modern culture, we have gotten away from it. Nowadays, there are more and more people who find that they can’t handle grains.

The process that sourdough undergoes during the bulk fermentation (the long, slow rise) increases the lactic acid bacteria, making it easier to digest. Some people who find themselves sensitive to gluten say that they can tolerate long-fermented sourdough just fine. Isn’t that awesome?

Making your own sourdough bread

If you still need to learn how to make your own sourdough bread to go with the ideas in this post, go look at my sourdough bread recipe. You will need a mature sourdough starter in order to make your own sourdough bread or other baked goods. I also cover the basics of how to establish your own starter.

Making sourdough bread is fun and rewarding. It takes a few rounds of practice, but soon after that you can start to get more creative with scoring patterns, dough hydration, mix-ins and more.

Now, let’s get to all the delicious ways you can serve and eat sourdough bread!

What to serve with sourdough bread for breakfast

1. Classic french toast

classic sourdough french toast

Soak your sourdough bread in a custardy egg mixture. Then, fry it up. It’s an easy way to serve sourdough bread for breakfast!

2. With whipped blueberry butter

whipped blueberry butter in a log

Whipped fruit butters like blueberry butter are lovely on just plain bread, or on top of sourdough french toast!

3. Avocado toast

smashed avocado and seasoning on sourdough toast

Sourdough bread makes seriously the best avocado toast. Try this recipe for a simple mash-up of avocado, lemon juice, olive oil, along with a sprinkle of salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.

4. Blackberry burrata toast

blackberry burrata toast

If you’re feeling a little fancier, try this blackberry burrata toast using sourdough for the best breakfast you’ve ever had. In addition, it’s unique and easy to make.

5. Mushroom, scrambled egg, & truffle mayo toast

sourdough toast topped with eggs mushrooms and cheese

This sourdough toast with scrambled eggs, fried mushrooms, truffle mayo & grated aged cheese is simple, warm & delicious!

6. Breakfast strata

sourdough breakfast strata in casserole dish

Strata is basically a breakfast casserole made with sourdough bread. It’s super customizable and can be made with your favorite breakfast meat and whatever veggies you have on hand! This is one of our favorite hearty breakfasts.

7. Bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich

This is a classic way to serve your sourdough bread! There is nothing quite like a fresh scrambled or fried egg, melty cheddar cheese, and crispy bacon served on sourdough.

8. Pumpkin sourdough bread pudding

pumpkin bread pudding made with sourdough bread

Getting back to the sweeter side of things, this delicious pumpkin sourdough bread pudding is the perfect way to use up stale bread in this easy recipe. It’s full of fall flavors and can also be served as dessert.

9. Blueberry sourdough french toast casserole

sourdough blueberry french toast casserole

This simple casserole version of french toast is similar to bread pudding. Next time you need to use up those sourdough loaves that just don’t quite turn out, try this recipe. It’s a family favorite.

10. PB&J french toast casserole

peanut butter and jelly french toast casserole in dish

Peanut Butter and Jelly French Toast Casserole combines two comfort foods into one. It’s a unique way to serve your sourdough bread for breakfast.

11. Toast with almond butter and fruit

sourdough toast topped with almond butter and bananas and strawberries

One of my favorite, simple sourdough toast combinations is almond butter and fruit. Particularly, fresh strawberries that I slice somewhat thinly. Then, layer them atop the almond butter.

Soups to serve with sourdough bread

12. Creamy carrot and cauliflower soup

creamy carrot and cauliflower soup

There’s nothing like dipping sourdough bread into a bowl of creamy soup. This carrot cauliflower soup is creamy and smooth without adding any cream or coconut milk. Also, it supplies a cup of vegetables in every serving!

13. Pumpkin and sweet potato soup

pumpkin and sweet potato souop topped with pumpkin seeds

This soup is another smooth, creamy soup that makes for a perfect dipping medium and is full of fall flavors.

14. Cowboy soup

cowboy hamburger soup topped with sour cream and cheese

This cowboy hamburger soup is comforting, nutritious, and easy to make. For instance, it’s made with pantry staples. It’s jam packed with two types of beans, ground beef, mixed veggies, creamy potatoes, and diced tomatoes in a savory, rustic broth.

15. Spiced carrot and lentil soup

spiced carrot and lentil soup in white bowls

This spiced carrot and lentil soup will warm you up on the coldest of winter days! Its creamy carrot and lentil base is spiced with ginger, cumin, turmeric and cilantro and pureed with rich, creamy coconut milk. This soup is luscious and filling served with a side of sourdough.

16. Six onion soup

six onion soup topped with crusty bread in white bowls

Call me crazy, but I adore onion soup. And it’s totally meant for serving with crusty sourdough bread. This recipe involves slowly caramelizing six different types of onions and finally, finishing with melty cheese.

17. Chicken noodle soup

chicken noodle soup in white bowl

If I had leftover sourdough bread and wanted to make a soup to go along with it in a hurry, I would probably choose this pressure cooker chicken noodle soup. It’s so much healthier than canned soup and packed with flavor.

18. Asparagus soup

creamy asparagus soup topped with parmesan cheese and asparagus spears

This recipe for asparagus soup is made in the Instant Pot, which is my signature way to make soup. That’s because it’s quick, easy, and still full of nutrients. Even if you hate asparagus, you may surprisingly love this soup

19. Cream of mushroom soup

homemade cream of mushroom soup

Again, this recipe for cream of mushroom soup is made quickly and simply in the Instant Pot. Most people don’t think of cream of mushroom soup as a meal on its own, but serving it with hearty sourdough bread on the side may quickly change that mindset.

20. Cabbage soup

homemade cabbage soup with flatbread on the side

Cabbage soup is a great soup to make any time of the year. It’s easy, healthy, and budget-friendly. Add a slice of sourdough on the side and you’ve got yourself a great meal!

Sourdough bread sandwich ideas

21. Perfect grilled cheese (Starbucks copycat)

starbucks copycat grilled cheese made with sourdough bread

Did you know that Starbucks uses sourdough bread in their trademark grilled cheese sandwich? I’ve honestly never had one from there, but this copycat recipe looks like it could be the most perfect grilled cheese ever. Two cheeses are melted into this sandwich that’s coated with a butter and Parmesan spread then toasted to perfection.

22. Spinach tuna melt

spinach tuna melt on sourdough bread with potato chips on side

I love tuna melts and they are a match made in heaven with sourdough bread. This Spinach Tuna Melt recipe is everything you love about a tuna melt. Additionally, it includes spinach in a way that even kids will love!

23. Chimichurri chicken sandwich

chimichurri chicken sandwich

This chimichurri chicken sandwich is amazing because it is absolutely delicious made on sourdough. The chimichurri chicken adds a whole new layer of delicious to a simple grilled cheese.

24. Tuna salad

light tuna salad served on toast with cucumbers and tomatoes

There’s nothing like serving classic, creamy tuna salad between two slices of sourdough. Also, it can be made light and flavorful using this healthy recipe.

25. Rotisserie chicken salad

chicken salad made with rotisserie chicken in a bowl

Creamy, crunchy, hearty, and fresh; this rotisserie chicken salad has it all! Make this recipe in under 10 minutes, and then enjoy a lighter version of classic chicken salad. Perfect as a sandwich with sourdough.

26. Turkey, bacon, and huckleberry grilled cheese

grilled cheese with turkey bacon and huckleberry

I mean, can you really have enough variations of grilled cheese on sourdough bread? This gourmet grilled cheese is guaranteed to make your taste buds jump for joy with sliced turkey, thick-cut bacon, pepper jack cheese, and sweet and spicy huckleberry chutney.

Creative ways to use up sourdough bread

27. Make sourdough croutons

sourdough croutons on baking sheet

Croutons only take about 20 minutes (if that) to make. I promise, the texture of store bought croutons cannot compare to that of homemade. They are light, garlicky, and perfect on salads and soups.

28. Serve creamed chipped beef over sourdough bread

creamed chipped beef served over sourdough bread

Creamed Chipped Beef is an iconic military meal. It’s a delicious mixture of dried, chipped beef in a creamy sauce begging to be served over toasted sourdough bread.

29. Serve a hearty meat sauce over sourdough bread

hearty meat sauce in dutch oven surrounded by fresh herbs

I love making spaghetti sauce with lots of meat and serving it with extra sourdough bread. It’s such an easy, filling meal that everyone loves!

30. Sourdough panzanella bread salad

sourdough panzanella bread salad

Sourdough bread in a salad? Oh yes. Enjoy this rustic dish filled with juicy tomatoes as a light meal or side dish.

31. Make stuffing from scratch

stuffing made from scratch in cast iron skillet

Homemade sourdough stuffing is so much better than boxed mix. When it’s this quick and easy to make stuffing from scratch, there’s no reason to wait for the holidays.

32. Bruschetta

bruschetta made with sourdough bread

Bruschetta is toasted bread drenched in olive oil and topped with a mixture of fresh garlic and tomatoes. Also, it’s super easy to make. You can even elevate it by grilling the sourdough bread instead of toasting.

33. Turn sourdough bread into bread crumbs

course bread crumbs in bowl

Leftover sourdough bread crumbles easily for breading and frying, and also for use in fillings. Bread crumbs are a great way to stretch your bread and make it last longer. You can use them in dishes like stuffed mushrooms or salmon cakes.

Dips/spreads to serve with sourdough bread

34. Smoked garlic butter

Butter on bread is good, but when you’re serving a good bread like fresh sourdough, you want to serve an exceptional butter. Make this dressed up garlic butter on the grill, and know that it is totally worth your time!

35. Cajun honey butter

cajun honey butter in square bowl

This Cajun Honey Butter is something you never knew you needed in your life. It is honestly so good on anything, including sourdough bread. And it takes less than 10 minutes to whip up!

36. Baked bacon cheddar dip

baked bacon cheddar dip topped with diced green onions

This recipe should be a go-to when you have guests coming because it always turns out great and even looks a little fancy. This baked bacon cheddar cheese dip is filled to the brim with bacon and cheddar, perfect on sourdough, and maybe even somewhat addictive.

37. Tzatziki sauce

tzatziki sauce topped with fresh dill with carrots and olives and cucumbers and lemons on the side

Tzatziki sauce may be a surprising recommendation to serve and eat with sourdough bread. But honestly, after tasting it for the first time, you’ll probably realize that you can eat it with EVERYTHING. That’s what happened to me.

38. Sun-dried tomato pesto

red pesto made with sun dried tomatoes

Rich, savory, and cheesy, this red pesto is a flavorful way to dress up your sourdough bread and add flair to your meal.

39. Olive oil and fresh cracked pepper

A simple, but often overlooked way to enjoy fresh sourdough bread is dipped in a high-quality olive oil with fresh cracked pepper mixed in. You can even add in a little shredded parmesan to the mixture, if you wish.

40. S’mores dip

s'mores dip in cast iron skillet

You can make this delicious dessert with only three ingredients. Firstly, marshmallows. Secondly, chocolate. And thirdly, crackers. This would be super yummy spread on plain sourdough. Or, even a loaf with chocolate chips mixed in.

Looking for more sourdough and meal inspiration? Be sure to check out these posts:
How To Use A Sourdough Starter
Rustic Sourdough Bread Recipe
Easy Sourdough Flatbread & Why It’s Amazing
Top 10 Summer Vegetable Side Dishes

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  1. This is so cool. I feel like it should be included in a Bible reading plan, ‘something to do on monday to start the work week off right with bible reading and a new sourdough experience’ 🙂