Texas Toast Recipe

Texas Toast is not your ordinary toast. While you may toast bread in the oven, homemade Texas Toast is a crispy buttery bread with a touch of garlic and Parmesan cheese. It is a nice change from a roll or even a biscuit.

overhead view of texas toast slices and a bowl of parmesan cheese

Texas Toast garlic bread is crispy, buttery toasted bread with a touch of garlic and parmesan cheese. One thing is for certain it can be the star of your next meal.

Many years ago, I worked in a restaurant, and we made Texas Toast every day. I personally loved to dunk Texas Toast into gravy or make a BLT with two slices of this delicious bread. Texas Toast is like Texas – big and bold, and it makes any sandwich twice as tasty. 

What Is Texas Toast?

Texas Toast is not your plain ordinary toast. Rather it’s a crispy, buttery toasted bread with a touch of garlic and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese. This toast is crisp and crunchy on the outside and buttery and soft on the inside.

Why Do They Call It Texas Toast?

While everything may be bigger in Texas, this toast wasn’t made big intentionally. It actually began life as an accident. 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.

What Are the Differences Between Texas Toast and Garlic Bread?

The main difference is in the type of bread that is used. Texas Toast is made with thick slices of bread, which can be toasted under a broiler, whereas garlic bread is created from French bread and baked in the oven. Texas Toast can be made with garlic powder but garlic bread generally uses fresh garlic. 

You Can Enjoy Texas Toast in Any State

Love for this thick-cut, buttery garlic toast has spread well beyond the Lone Star State. These days many grocery stores sell thickly-sliced bread for making Texas Toast. Now keep in mind that this bread doesn’t come already toasted unless it’s in the frozen food section. However, you can easily make your own Texas Toast from scratch.

Tips for Making Texas Toast

  • If you can’t find a Texas Toast loaf in the bread aisle, you can ask your grocery store bakery to slice a loaf of Italian bread into thick slices. Honestly, when I have made this toast, I have sometimes used regular sliced bread. Either way, it will work great. If you buy untoasted Texas Toast bread, you can use the rest of the loaf for French toast.
  • This Texas Toast recipe uses your broiler. If you use a griddle or pan, be sure to preheat it for extra crispiness.
  • I think the real key to making good Texas Toast is making sure you toast both sides of the bread evenly. You want each side to be indistinguishable from the other.

Variations on Texas Toast Recipes

  • For this Texas toast recipe, you add just a little bit of parmesan cheese to give it a nutty flavor. You could add cheddar or mozzarella, or just about any type of cheese will work well.
  • If you do not like garlic, use seasoned salt instead.
  • Add chopped parsley or dill.
  • The most obvious variation to make with Texas toast is to use it whenever you need to serve a sandwich or flatbread. For instance, using Texas Toast for your BLT can add another dimension to this popular sandwich. 
  • Trying out various cheeses and toppings like pepperoni lets you go from Texas Toast to mini-pizzas that are sure to please a crowd.
  • Texas Toast goes well with a caesar or spinach salad

Recipe Ingredients

Here’s a list of what you need:

  • Texas Toast or other thick sliced bread
  • Butter
  • Garlic powder
  • Parmesan cheese
texas toast ingredients

How to Make Texas Toast

  1. Set the oven to broil.
  2. Soften the butter.
  3. Spread butter evenly on each side of the bread slices.
  4. Lightly sprinkle garlic powder on both sides of the bread.
  5. Place the bread on a baking sheet under the broiler.
  6. Toast the bread for 1 to 3 minutes.
  7. Remove the bread from the oven and flip over the bread to where the untoasted side is up.
  8. Sprinkle parmesan cheese on each slice of bread.
  9. Return the bread to the oven and toast them until golden brown.

Use Your Broiler

Instead of placing this on the grill, I suggest that you pop it under the broiler in your oven. I think the broiler works very well in creating a toast that is evenly crispy all over. Also, using the broiler makes it easy to cook several pieces at once.

Make Texas toast at home – it’s so easy. So get toasting and enjoy this Texas toast recipe. And, let me know how you like this toast and what you like to serve it with – I always enjoy hearing from my viewers.

slices of toasted texas toast

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overhead view of texas toast slices and a bowl of parmesan cheese

Texas Toast Recipe

Make the best Texas toast at home. It's so easy to make this buttery, crispy, thick-sliced toast.
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Breads
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Texas Toast
Servings: 4
Calories: 222kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 slices Texas Toast
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • Set the oven to broil.
  • Soften the butter.
  • Spread butter evenly on both sides of the 4 bread slices.
  • Lightly sprinkle garlic powder on both sides of the bread slices.
  • Place the buttered bread on a baking sheet.
  • Put the bread in the oven under the broiler. The bread will toast for 1 to 3 minutes. The closer the bread is to the broiler the faster it will toast.
  • Once the first side is toasted, remove it from the oven.
  • Flip over the bread to where the untoasted side is up.
  • Sprinkle about 1 teaspoon of cheese on each slice of bread.
  • Return the bread to the oven.
  • Toast the bread until it is golden brown.

Nutrition

Calories: 222kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 301mg | Potassium: 8mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 260IU | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 6mg
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About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Darlene Ross

    When I make Texas Toast, I soften the butter and add the garlic and parmesan to it, mixing well, then spread on bread. I get a more even mixture that way. When I sprinkle, I have a tendency to go overboard. So this method is what works for me. 🙂 I love Texas Toast!

  2. Shirley Siers

    5 stars
    I make something similar to this, but I only toast one side of the bread, this recipe would make it crispier.

  3. Angela

    I mix the garlic powder and parmesan cheese into the softened butter and spread on the Texas Toast. Fry it, butter side down, in a cast iron skillet. (Don’t fry/cook the other side). Serve with Caesar Salad or a big Spinach Salad with warm bacon/parmesan dressing.

    • Clara Edman

      I make it by using softened butter combined with garlic powder, grated Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley. Must admit I have never bought the frozen kind found in grocery stores. I have toyed with the idea of adding other ingredients to it but have yet to do it.

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