Freshly baked Texas Toast garlic bread is the best thing since- well- plain, old sliced bread! Ready in less than 20 minutes, this garlic toast is the perfect compliment to any meal.

Texas Toast on black plate

Bread is good with any meal but Texas toast garlic bread has to rate up there at the time. It’s perfectly garlic butter-y and just the right amount of crisp.

It really doesn’t matter what you are making, this garlic toast is the perfect compliment to nearly anything including Instant Pot spaghetti, chicken Alfredo lasagna rolls, roasted red pepper soup, and Instant Pot roast

And for the really adventurous, you can bring just about any sandwich to the next level using this toast as the bread.

Want to try your hand at baking your own bread? Give our overnight refrigerator rolls, cheese twists, or garlic parmesan popovers a try!

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ingredients for Texas Toast

Ingredients You’ll Need

You really don’t need much to make great tasting Texas garlic toast at home. Here’s what to get:

  • Thick white bread – The bread should be about ¾ – 1 inch thick. If you can get uncut bread, that is ideal, but if you can’t find one we like to use Sara Lee Artesano bread or a loaf of Italian bread.
  • Salted butter – If you are watching your sodium, you can use unsalted butter instead. Make sure you let the butter soften on the counter first.
  • Garlic – You only need one clove of garlic.
  • Finely chopped parsley – We use fresh parsley, but in a pinch, you could use dried parsley.
buttered Texas Toast on sheet pan

Instructions

Step 1 – Prep the garlic. Before getting started, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. As it heats, mash the garlic clove. To do this, first finely mince it with a large knife. 

Once all chunks are small, turn your knife horizontally with the sharp edge facing away from you. Use the edge to press down on the clove of garlic and then pull towards you. This will mash it into the cutting board. You’ll need to do this several times over all of the garlic until it has a paste texture. 

Step 2 – Prep the butter. In a small bowl, mix together the softened butter, garlic paste, and fresh parsley.

Step 3 – Butter the bread. Spread the garlic butter evenly over six slices of bread. About 2 tablespoons of garlic butter per side of the bread. Make sure to get the butter to the edges!

Step 4 – Bake the toast.  Place the buttered bread on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees F. After the 10 minutes are up, flip the bread and bake for about 5 more minutes.

Texas Toast on sheet pan

Why Do They Call It Texas Toast?

According to legend, a restaurant in Texas called the Pig Stand started the Texas toast trend as we know it. In the 1940s, the managers at the Pig Stand ordered thicker slices of bread from a local bakery. 

Fortunately for all of us, the slices did not fit into a toaster so they had to grill the bread to toast it. And the rest is history. The buttered, grilled toast became an instant hit and created the first Texas toast. 

Best Bread to Use 

Texas toast is like French toast: the key is thick bread. Texas toast should be about twice as thick as a regular slice of bread, so about ¾ -1 inch thick is ideal. 

Traditionally, people use white bread. It is best if you can purchase a loaf and cut it yourself.

We often can’t find it in an uncut loaf in our area, so we have found that Sara Lee Artesano bread is the perfect thickness. You should be able to find this loaf or something similar in the bread aisle. 

If you can’t find Sara Lee Artesano, you could use a loaf of Italian or French bread and cut it to the correct thickness. The crust is a little thicker, but it’s still delicious. When using French bread, avoid the skinny baguettes, they tend to be too tough.

How Long Does Texas Toast Take to Cook?

Our recipe takes about 15 minutes of baking time at 375 degrees F. About ten minutes into the cook time, you need to flip them over to brown the other side too.

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Servings: 6
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 20 mins

Texas Toast Garlic Bread

Freshly baked Texas Toast garlic bread is the best thing since- well- plain, old sliced bread! Ready in less than 20 minutes, this is the perfect compliment to any meal.

Ingredients

  • 6 slices Thick white bread, approx. ¾ – 1 inch thick
  • ½ cup Salted butter, softened
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Finely chopped parsley

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Start by mashing the garlic clove. Finely mince it with a large knife. Then turn your knife horizontally with the sharp edge facing away from you. Use the edge to press down on the clove of garlic and then pull towards you, mashing it into the cutting board. Do this several times over all of the garlic until it is a paste texture.
  • In a bowl combine the softened butter, garlic paste, and fresh parsley. Stir together until well combined.
  • Butter the 6 slices of bread with 2 teaspoons of the garlic butter on each side. Make sure to get the butter to the edges!
  • Place the butter bread on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees F. After 10 minutes flip each slice over and continue to bake for 5 minutes more.

Notes

Nutrition values will vary based on the bread you use. This is just an estimate. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice, Calories: 203kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 41mg, Sodium: 258mg, Potassium: 39mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 529IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 71mg, Iron: 1mg
Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not certified nutritionists. Nutrition facts are an estimate and are provided as a courtesy. They are generated by an online API which recognizes ingredient names and amounts and makes calculations based on the serving size. Results may vary.
Author: Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell
Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Texas garlic toast, Texas toast, Texas toast garlic bread