Sourdough is a delicious alternative to regular bread. Instead of relying on yeast, the bread is made using a starter made from fermented flour and water. The process means that sourdough is easier to make than regular white bread and may be healthier too.
You don’t need to stick with boring white sourdough either. There are plenty of delicious sourdough bread flavor combinations to experiment with. These are delicious and can make your experience much more enjoyable.
We’re not just talking about classic flavor combinations either. There’s no shortage of interesting and unusual ones.
What’s more, there are two styles. Some of the flavor combinations we’re talking about are in the bread itself, like cheddar and jalapeno sourdough. Other times we’re talking about toppings, like piling mashed avocado, seeds, and cucumber on top of a sourdough slice.
If you want to get even more adventurous, you could even use flavored sourdough bread with a collection of toppings. This would give you the ultimate taste experience. Just make sure that the flavors of the sourdough and the toppings complement each other.
Hummus, Tomatoes, And Grilled Eggplant
This sourdough topping combination could be made using grilled zucchini or grilled eggplant and would be delicious either way. There are also yellow tomatoes, red peppers, peas, and even chickpeas, which make the treat look stunning.
You could make a regular sandwich using these ingredients, but an open faced style has a much better balance of toppings to bread (and looks much better too!).
Mashed Avocado, Cucumber, And Cherry Tomatoes
Here’s another stunner. This time mashed avocado is used as the base ingredient. You then have fresh red and yellow cherry tomatoes, plus cucumber and some greens.
This treat doesn’t just look amazing either, it would also be incredibly healthy.
This sourdough follows a different style, using pumpkin and turmeric within the recipe itself. The ingredients give the bread a striking orange-yellow hue.
You’ve also got some added texture from the seeds studded throughout the bread.
Needless to say, this sourdough would be delicious on its own or perhaps with just some hummus. You could also load it up with toppings. The yellow color would be a fantastic contrast against the other ingredients.
Plenty Of Seeds And Some Oatmeal
This sourdough plays with the flavor of the bread too. This time, the focus is on seeds, which provide extra crunch throughout the bread.
There’s a little oatmeal included too. While this is an unusual addition, it can work well, providing a little extra flavor and texture.
Avocado, Chili Pepper, And Lemon Juice
This entry is basically a riff on avocado toast. The difference is that you’ve also got some lemon juice and chili flakes in the mix. The chili flakes add a whole new dimension of flavor to the sandwich, making it much more exciting.
The version in the image also includes a handful of black sesame seeds. These don’t add much to the flavor, but they do create a fantastic texture contrast.
A Caprese Salad
Here’s another fun trick. This recipe uses a traditional caprese salad as the topping for sourdough. So, you have cherry tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, basil, and olive oil. A handful of seeds scattered on top provides a little extra texture and brings the whole thing together perfectly.
Grilled Cheese, Mushrooms, And Rosemary
You don’t need to stick to fresh veggies and spreads on your sourdough, sometimes hot ingredients give you a much tastier treat. That’s certainly the case here, where you have melted cheese combined with grilled mushrooms and rosemary.
Those three ingredients are really all you need, as they work so well with each other. Don’t forget the rosemary though. While you’re only using a small amount of the herb at a time, it makes a huge difference to the flavor profile.
Jalapeno With Cheese
This incredibly popular version of sourdough simply uses cheese and jalapenos within the sourdough itself. The approach is fantastic, as the jalapenos add a sharp spiciness that’s contrasted by the cheese.
The pictured version is exceptional as it contains pockets of cheese. Others may have the cheese more evenly distributed, which works well enough, but doesn’t look as stunning. You could also experiment with the type of cheese. For example, using parmesan instead of cheddar would create quite a different experience.
Yogurt And Feta Spread With Figs
This sandwich actually uses a yogurt and feta spread, rather than cream cheese. The yogurt portion provides plenty of creaminess, while you get some sharpness from the feta. Both aspects work well with the sliced figs.
Of course, this is just one of many ways to use fresh figs. Other recipes can be a bit more complex, but they often taste incredible.
Turmeric And Roasted Garlic
This bright bread gets its color from turmeric, while roasted garlic provides extra flavor. Roasting the garlic is a fantastic approach, as doing so gives it a mellow and sweet flavor, a far cry from the pungency of raw garlic.
It’s easy to see how this sourdough would be an excellent base for many different sandwiches. You might even eat it with just a smear of butter.
Cinnamon Spiced Sourdough Bread
Why stick with savory sourdough when you can make a sweet version instead? This treat does exactly that and should taste much like a cinnamon roll.
Butter, Pumpkin Seeds And Blueberries
Here’s another sweeter entry, although here the sweetness comes from the topping rather than the bread. Flavor wise – serving blueberries on bread is an incredible idea. These little berries are delicious and provide an excellent color contrast.
But, there’s a practical question here. Wouldn’t the blueberries just roll off when you try to eat the bread? You might need to squash them a little first.
Cheddar And Pumpkin
This recipe combines pumpkin and cheddar cheese. The ingredients don’t seem like they should work together, yet they probably do. If nothing else, this bread would be a fun experiment.
Prosciutto, Figs, And Basil
This ingredient combo is more refined than normal. I can imagine it being served as finger food at a party or perhaps even a wedding. After all, the toppings here include prosciutto, figs, and some fresh basil. That combo should give you a very popular and delicious snack.
Beetroot Hummus, Avocado, And Seeds
I love the beetroot hummus on this sourdough. The bright pink coloring looks amazing, particularly when contrasted against the sliced avocado. It’s always fun to play with colors like this.
Oreo Jalapeno Bread
Here’s the weirdest flavor combo of the day – jalapenos and Oreos. Yes, really. I have no idea where the idea came from or what it tastes like.
Still… it could end up being tasty. It’s worth a try… isn’t it?
Avocado, Feta Cheese, And Olives
This ingredient combination is much more familiar. This time, we’re just talking about some avocado, feta cheese, olives, and fresh herbs. These ingredients work well together in a salad, so why not use them as a sandwich topping instead?
Grilled Cheese With Pine Nuts And Broccolini
This version of sourdough is simple and very effective. It’s basically grilled cheese with broccolini stalks and a handful of pine nuts.
This is one of the few combos that would be best served hot. The textures wouldn’t work nearly as well if you served it cold instead.
Cream Cheese And Fresh Veggies
This time we’re looking at three different flavor combos at once. Each slice of sourdough has a base of cream cheese and is then topped with some type of fresh vegetable, like sprouts, sliced radish, or cucumber ribbons.
The flavors should be exceptional together, as all the vegetables chosen are vibrant, while the cream cheese adds a creamy undertone.
Pesto, Yellow Tomatoes, And Onions
The most unusual thing here is the use of yellow tomatoes rather than traditional red ones. These tend to be less acidic than red tomatoes and have a milder flavor, which makes them perfect here. The other ingredients are simple, just some pesto and sliced onions.
Roasted Red Peppers And Gruyere
We’re back to flavored sourdough. This one uses a combination of roasted red peppers and gruyere cheese, although this isn’t obvious from the image.
These two flavors should go very well together, especially as red peppers mellow out somewhat once they’ve been roasted.
Nut Butter And Bananas
What about this for a special sourdough breakfast? It uses nut butter as the base, plus sliced bananas, some peppermint leaves, blueberries, and even some fresh flowers.
It looks like it could even be a romantic breakfast, especially if you kept the flowers.
Ricotta, Pears, Honey, And Walnuts
This topping combination starts with a savory base of ricotta cheese, which is then topped with sliced pears, walnuts, and a little honey. The pears and honey provide plenty of sweetness. You could even roast the pears first to mix up the flavor profile.
Paprika Hummus, Peppers, And Olives
Why use regular hummus when you can try paprika hummus instead? The paprika gives the hummus an amazing deep orange color and adds an interesting smoky flavor.
This is all topped by sliced peppers, olives, and sesame seeds. Of course, you could easily play around with these toppings to find new flavor combinations.
Curry Powder And Cranberries
Instagrammers create the weirdest foods sometimes. We had Oreo and jalapeno sourdough earlier and now we have a cranberry and curry powder version.
There is some logic to the idea, as curry powder is savory and has a little pungency, while cranberries are sweet instead. Still… the ingredients are hardly ever combined. Would this bread work? You’d have to try it to see.
Turmeric, Mustard, And Cumin Seed
Isn’t turmeric exceptional in sourdough? The turmeric creates a bright yellow color and should provide health benefits, without changing the flavor profile much at all.
This version takes things one step further by including mustard and cumin seeds in the mix too. Doing so should give you a tasty loaf of bread that works well with many toppings.
Smoked Salmon, Avocado, And Zucchini
This set of sourdough toppings looks amazing and should taste even better. After all, it includes avocado and salmon. What could be better than that?
There are a few other ingredients too, including zucchini rolls, basil, chives, and even some apple match sticks. That’s a lot of ingredients to use for a single piece of bread, but the finished sandwich certainly looks amazing.
Breakfast On A Slice Of Bread
Have you tried poached egg on sourdough before? This treat takes that approach, while adding plenty of other ingredients into the mix too.
Plus, the meal could be easily made at home, even though it looks like something you’d buy at a cafe.
Blueberry Lemon Sourdough
Here’s a sweet treat to experiment with. The main flavors are blueberries and lemon. The crust is thin too, which makes the treat even tastier. The lemon flavor is surprisingly strong but shouldn’t overpower the blueberry.
Dark Chocolate Sourdough
We can’t forget about chocolate, can we? It tastes amazing and works surprisingly well as a sourdough ingredient. You could even make a double chocolate version by using cocoa powder and chocolate chips.
This flavor certainly lends itself to sweet toppings. Perhaps some berries or sliced bananas?
Mashed Avocado And A Poached Egg
Here’s a simple riff on avocado toast. Adding a poached egg on top of the avocado provides extra protein and a fantastic flavor contrast. You could even place the cherry tomatoes on there as well, rather than on the side.
Hummus, Radishes, And Rocket
This topping combination is simplicity itself. It starts with hummus, then sliced radishes, cracked pepper, and rocket. None of the ingredients are spectacular, but they don’t need to be either.
Cranberry Walnut Sourdough
To close out the list, here’s one more type of flavored sourdough. This one relies on cranberry and walnuts, which is a pretty popular combination.
The bread also looks exceptional with the walnut and cranberry pieces studded throughout it.