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Texas toast |

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. Commonly, garlic is added to the butter, yielding a form of garlic bread. The toast may include cheese on one or both sides, similar to an open-faced grilled cheese sandwich.

Popular in Texas and its bordering states, Texas toast is often served as a side with southern-style dishes such as chicken fried steak, fried catfish, or barbecue.
A loaf of thick-sliced white bread for making Texas toast, with a slice on top

Thick-sliced bread sold for making Texas toast can be used in the same manner as ordinary bread slices, such as in sandwiches, and it is especially useful for dishes involving liquids or where extra thickness could improve the product, such as French toast. While most varieties sold for Texas toast are white bread, whole wheat varieties also exist.

Frozen Texas toast brands are also popular, with best sellers including the New York Brand of the T. Marzetti Company, Pepperidge Farm, and Coles.

Place of origin United States
Region or state Texas

Texas toast Ingredients

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  • 1 loaf English Muffin Toasting Bread, cut into 8 to 10 slices
  • 3 tablespoons (35g) garlic oil
  • 3 tablespoons (43g) butter, melted

Texas toast Instructions

  • Preheat a griddle to medium heat.
  • Cut the bread into 3/4″ to 1″ thick slices.
  • Combine the garlic oil and melted butter, and spread it on both sides of each piece of bread.
  • Fry the bread until golden brown on each side.

Tips from our Bakers

This toast is traditionally prepared on an outdoor barbecue grill. If you’ve got your grill going, give it a try.

Why do we call it Texas toast?

The story goes that Hailey, in an effort to wow his customers, placed an order for sandwich bread sliced at double the normal thickness, but then, upon learning that this Texas-sized bread would not fit into the restaurant’s toaster, buttered the big slices and toasted them on the griddle. Voilà!: Texas toast.

What does Texas toast taste like?

If you’ve never had the pleasure of eating Texas toast, here’s what you can expect: Thick slices of soft white bread are coated on both sides with peppery garlic butter, then each slab is toasted or grilled until golden and crisp. Every bite boasts a soft, buttery interior and a crackled, caramelized, garlicky crust.

Do you bake Texas toast?

Preheat oven to 425°F. Place slices flat on a baking sheet with edges. Bake at 425°F for 5–8 minutes on middle shelf of oven. To brown on both sides, turn over and bake an additional 2 minutes.

What is the difference between Texas toast and regular toast?

About twice as thick as standard bread, ranging from three-quarters to one inch, Texas toast cooks up crispy on the outside, but extra soft on the inside. It’s typically slathered with a hearty serving of butter (or margarine) before getting seared on a flat top grill until golden brown.