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Bread Pairings 411

Finding the right bread to accompany a meal can be as important as choosing the appropriate wine – the right pairing can enhance the whole meal and make it just that much better.

Here’s a basic guide:

 

Bagel

Bagel

Round bread that is boiled then baked. Many flavors are available in this dense chewy bread. Sweet flavors are popular for breakfast and savory or plain are great for sandwiches. Bagel
Baguette

Baguette

French bread with a smooth flavor and crisp crackly crust. Perfect when sliced and topped with bruschetta or warm brie. Baguette
Batard

Batard

Crusty French Bread, but shaped wider than a baguette so it can be sliced for sandwiches and paninis. Batard
Boule

Boule

A hearty bread shaped in a ball or cob. Crisp crust surrounding a moist, soft interior. Perfect for carving out center and filling with a thick soup, stew, chowder or dip. Boule
Bun

Bun

Hamburger and hotdog buns are specialty shaped breads typically made from white or wheat flour. Sweet bun is usually a breakfast roll with dried fruit or a glaze. Examples are hot cross buns or raisin buns. Bun
Ciabatta

Ciabatta

Hand shaped rustic Italian bread. Golden crust and tender interior. Perfect for hearty sandwiches, paninis or dipping in olive oil. Ciabatta
Corn Bread

Corn Bread

Golden cake-like bread with a large dense crumb. Made with cornmeal, this bread is a great accompaniment with chili and soups. It's made as loaves, muffins or cakes and can stand alone served warm with honey butter. Corn Bread
Croissant

Croissant

Rich buttery roll made of puff pastry. Traditionally served at breakfast with butter and jam. Also, works well made into a sandwich. Croissant
English Muffin

English Muffin

A fork-split roll with moist interior. Popular toasted and served at breakfast with butter and jam. A great base for eggs benedict or for creating a fried egg and cheese sandwich. English Muffin
Flat Bread

Flat Bread

Light, soft and porous. Great for tearing and dipping. Ideal for absorbing oils, pesto and hummus. Flatbread
Focaccia

Focaccia

Soft, aromatic Italian bread. Perfect for tearing and dipping in olive oil or as sandwich bread. Popular used as a base for pizza Focaccia
French Bread

French Bread

Long slender loaf with crusty exterior and chewy crumb. Great for tearing and dipping and sandwiches French Bread
Italian

Italian

Thin crisp crust with delicate interior. Perfect served cold, warm or toasted with garlic butter. Best as an accompaniment with Italian cuisine. Italian
Lavash

Lavash

An Armenian flatbread. This soft thin bread is perfect for sandwich wraps and kabobs. When the bread dries it hardens into a cracker and is served with dips. Lavash
Naan

Naan

A Persian flatbread similar to the pocketless pita. An unleavened bread served warm with soup, beans, chutney, hummus and dips or rolled with sweet or savory fillings. Naan
Pita

Pita

A flatbread with a "pocket." Great for Middle Eastern and Mediterranean dishes. Pitas can be filled with favorite meats, cheeses and salads. Also, great for dipping into hummus. Pita
Rolls

Rolls

Individually– portioned bread in the shape of a ball. Made with many different grains and flavors. Examples of types: brioche, clover leaf, club, dinner, kaiser, knot, snowflake, and potato. Rolls
Sub roll

Sub roll

Also known as the submarine sandwich roll. Great for making other sandwiches including grinder, hero, hoagie, club and Italian. Soft bread with light moist interior, perfect for filling with favorite meats, cheeses and vegetables. Sub roll
Tortilla

Tortilla

Thin unleavened flatbread is made with cornmeal or flour. Great for buritos, quesedillas or wraps. tortilla
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