Homemade Texas Toast is a quick and easy side dish that all ages love. It is crisp and crunchy on the outside and buttery and soft on the inside. It tastes SO much better when made at home plus you’re skipping over loads of additives and preservatives that come with the store bought version. Check out how easy it is to make homemade Texas Toast garlic bread below!
When I learned to make Texas Toast at home, it took my garlic bread game to a whole new level. It’s my go-to side dish with most Italian dishes like Baked Penne Pasta, Crock Pot Spaghetti Sauce, or Baked Tortellini.
What is Texas Toast?
Is Texas Toast the same thing as garlic bread?
Well, yes and no.
Texas toast is a toasted bread that is typically made from sliced bread that has been sliced at double the usual thickness of packaged bread. Texas toast is prepared by spreading butter on both sides of the bread and broiling or grilling it until it is a light golden brown
According to Wikipedia, this toast is considered Texas Toast because it got its start in Beaumont, Texas, when a bakery sliced some bread too thick. The bread was so large it wouldn’t fit in the toaster.
So the cook thought he would butter the bread and put it on a griddle.
This recipe has you cooking it on the oven but it still creates that crispy, garlicky outside and fluffy inside.
What Type of Bread Do I Need for Texas Toast?
My favorite bread to use is a big french loaf. However, I will take a stand and say any bread will work using this method. It’ll still be good! Just call it garlic bread instead of Texas Toast so the chefs in the world don’t come at me.
How to Make Texas Toast at Home
Step 1: Slice up your bread.
Slice and dice that puppy up into about 1/2-1 inch wide pieces. A bread knife will be your best friend for this task.
Step 2: Spread Butter
Using softened butter, spread a generous amount over each piece until the surface is pretty much coated. Tip: To soften cold butter, stand it up in the microwave, zap it for 5 seconds. Flip it the butter over (so it’s still standing up but on the other end) and zap it again for another 5 seconds.
Step 3: Season the Texas Toast
I prefer to sprinkle a little bit of garlic salt over the top followed by a bit of dried parsley flakes.
I’ve heard sprinkling a little parmesan cheese on the toast add a delicious nutty flavor too.
Step 4: Broil the Toast
Position the top rack to be about 6 inches from the heating element.
Lay the seasoned toast out on a baking sheet and put them in the oven (not pre-heated).
Turn the broiler on and let them broil for about 5 minutes. Keep an eye on them though! Each oven heats up differently. Take them out when the tops start to get brown and crispy.
What Goes Well with Texas Toast
This would make an easy side dish for so many meals. In addition the ideas mentioned above, here are a few more recipes Texas Toast would be scrumptious with.Print
Texas Toast is one of those tried and true side dishes your family will always love. Crispy & garlicky on the outside, warm and fluffy on the inside. To easy too!
- 1 french loaf, sliced into thick pieces.
- 4–6 tablespoons softened butter
- 1/2–1 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
- Slice the french loaf into 1/2-1 inch wide pieces and lay pieces out on a baking sheet.
- Spread softened butter, covering the tops of the slices of bread.
- Sprinkle garlic salt and parsley flakes evenly over the tops.
- Place pan in oven and bring to a broil. Broil bread until the tops start to brown (about 5 minutes if starting oven from cold.)