What foods and spreads pair well with sourdough bread? Experts weigh in

Sourdough great for dunking, sandwich-making, pairs perfectly with variety of spreads

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Making sourdough bread has become a phenomenon, with many beginners attempting to bake the perfect loaf.

The process of making sourdough bread isn't a particularly easy one. 

Often, it takes trial and error to get it right. Making sourdough all begins with a starter. The starter is a combination of flour and water that you must cater to each day it is being developed. 


Once you have your starter established, you can finally begin to bake delicious loaves. 

If you don't want to go through the trouble of making your own, you can always stop by your local bakery to grab a loaf or two. 

Sourdough bread in bakery

There are many foods that pair perfectly with a fresh loaf of sourdough bread. (Andy Cross/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

When you've made or purchased a loaf, you may find yourself wondering what you should eat it with. We've got you covered with expert opinions on the best food to pair with a delicious slice of sourdough.

  1. What is sourdough?
  2. What foods go best with sourdough?
  3. What spreads are ideal with sourdough?

1. What is sourdough?

Sourdough maintains a tasty yet tangy taste that is established through the process in which it's created.


"Sourdough isn't a specific ‘type’ of bread. It's a fermentation process using the lactobacillaceae bacteria and yeast in your environment. The lactic acid that is produced gives sourdough its sour notes," Kaitlin Zarovy of Madison Sourdough in Madison, Wisconsin, told Fox News Digital.

"Many types of bread can be made using this process, and they're all sourdough."

2. What foods go best with sourdough?

Since there are so many unique varieties of delicious sourdough, there is a wide range of foods optimal for pairing.

Dough being made in a bowl

Making sourdough bread can be a rather time-consuming process, especially when you are first beginning your starter. (Laura Chase de Formigny for The Washington Post via Getty Images)

"Our plain and yogurt sourdoughs are excellent with local salted butter or tahini-grape molasses mix," Sarah Moridpour and Soheil Fathi of La Saison Bakery in Cambridge, Massachusetts, told Fox News Digital. 

"Our cranberry-pecan and fig-walnut sourdoughs complement French creamy soft cheeses, while our pistachio-apricot sourdough is a perfect match for sparkling wine."


"Soups, stews and braises are great with sourdough, anything saucy that needs to be soaked or scooped up," Zarovy said. 

"Sourdough makes wonderful sandwiches or toast. Leftover sourdough can be used in bread puddings, strata or to make croutons or breadcrumbs."

3. What spreads are ideal with sourdough?

Sourdough also can be complimented with a scrumptious spread or used in a sandwich stacked high with your favorite toppings. 

Sliced sourdough loaf

Sourdough is ideal for making a filling sandwich. (Rene Johnston/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

"Sourdough breads often tend to be crusty and hearty. They are an excellent base for hearty toppings that other, softer-crusted breads couldn't hold up to," Zarovy said. 

"Tartines (open-faced sandwiches) are an excellent application for sourdough. Nut butters, cheeses, high-quality butter and seasonal jam are all wonderful toppings."

"Our favorite spreads/dips for sourdough bread are based on quality over quantity. French butter or an excellent extra virgin olive oil is all you need to enjoy a well-baked sourdough," Moridpour and Fathi said. 

"These spreads enhance the flavors of our sourdough loaves and create authentic and delicious combinations without changing or adding to the texture."

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Ashlyn Messier is a writer for Fox News Digital. 

Authored by Ashlyn Messier via FoxNews February 29th 2024