Pillowy, crisp, and buttery, Texas toast is barbecue's answer to garlic bread, ready for mopping up every last bit of brisket or beans. 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.
Luckily you don't have to travel to Texas for this delectable toast. All you need is a loaf of white bread and a few kitchen staples.
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Preheat the Baking Pan for Crispier Texas Toast
Many barbecue joints use a griddle or specialty toaster to make Texas toast, but all you need is a sturdy baking sheet that heats while you prep the bread. Preheating the baking sheet also eliminates the need to flip the toast.
Buy the Best Bread for Texas Toast
Texas toast bread (enriched square white bread) is pretty easy to find in the South — both pre-sliced and in whole loaves. Outside of the South it can be harder to come by, so you have two options: Ask your grocery store bakery for an unsliced loaf of white sandwich bread, or buy a loaf of soft Italian bread and use that instead. Thick slices of bread are what give Texas toast its unique texture, so you'll want to cut the loaf yourself.
Easy Texas Toast
Makes 16 slices
Prep time: 10 minutes ; cooking time: 12 minutes
(1 stick) unsalted butter
freshly ground black pepper
soft white bread or Texas toast bread (14-inch, 12 ounces)
Arrange a rack in the middle of oven, place a rimmed baking sheet on the rack to preheat, and heat the oven to 375°F.
Melt the butter in a medium microwave-safe bowl until completely melted, about 1 minute. Add the olive oil, minced garlic, parsley, garlic powder, salt, and pepper and stir to combine. Set aside while you slice the bread.
If unsliced, slice the bread into 1-inch-thick slices. Use a pastry or basting brush to coat both sides of each slice with the garlic butter.
Place the bread on the preheated baking sheet in a single layer. Bake until golden-brown, about 12 minutes. Serve warm.
Grill instructions: Heat an outdoor grill to medium heat and grill the toast for 2 minutes per side.