Why eat frozen when you can have Texas Toast Garlic Bread from scratch in under an hour and with just 5 ingredients?
As an environmental scientist, I’m always looking for ways to avoid added artificial preservatives and enzymes. Natural is best for our bodies and our planet!
But, even with its additives and unnatural ingredients, frozen Texas Toast Garlic Bread has been a guilty pleasure of mine for since I can remember. It’s just so salty and buttery and garlicky and YUM.
Well, good news, folks. You can make Texas Toast Garlic Bread from scratch at home with none of those unnecessary add-ins! It will quickly become one of your go-to bread appetizers.
Texas Toast Garlic Bread Tips and Tricks
Get Your Garlic Roasting First
The most important ingredient in this recipe is, of course, the GARLIC! Roasting garlic makes the inside ooey-gooey and ideal for spreads.
The trick to perfect roasted garlic in a small amount of time (just 30 minutes!) is to NOT peel it. Keeping it inside its papery outer layer will allow the garlic to cook thoroughly without getting crispy.
Since we want to cook it quickly, we have to crank the heat up. Make sure to cover it completely with tin foil. You’ll end up with a golfball-sized sphere of tinfoil. After 30 minutes in the oven, you should achieve the perfect consistency.
Allow some time for it to cool so you don’t burn your hands, and cut the tip and squeeze to reveal your beautifully roasted garlic! It should squeeze right out into the bowl. This is the same technique I use in my Roasted Garlic and Feta Mashed Potatoes.
Green tip: Try grabbing organic garlic if you can. Organic farms rely on biodiversity to generate rich soil, avoiding the use of pesticides and fertilizers, which means no toxic runoff.
The Secret is in the Softening
The butter you use should be unsalted, so you can control the amount of salt you are adding to your spread. You will also want to make sure your butter is nice and soft.
If you take it out of the fridge before you get started, and set it near your oven, that should be plenty of time for it to soften. If you forget to take it out—don’t worry! Just microwave it in 15-second intervals until you get the right consistency. Remember, we are striving for softened, not melted.
Green tip: Look for organic and palm oil-free butter if you can. Buying organic means you are supporting farms that do not use damaging pesticides and fertilizers, and palm oil production is a huge driver behind deforestation.
Once your garlic is roasted, it will easily integrate into your softened butter and seasoning. I find the best tool to use is a hand mixer (affiliate link) because it whips the butter into a light and airy spread while blending the garlic in evenly.
Gotta Get That Bread
The Cuban bread is the perfect vessel for your spread because it’s porous, so it sops it up in the oven for a burst of flavor with each bite.
Something to note for you fellow pescatarians and vegetarians out there. Cuban bread is often made with animal lard. Check your ingredients before you purchase it—some are made with vegetable shortening. Or you can make your own!
Don’t Knock Enhancers
Garlic salt is always a great way to boost the natural flavoring of your garlic cloves while adding some salt content. If you don’t have garlic salt in your pantry, you can always use garlic powder and table salt to taste.
Garlic salt is just kinda like two birds, one stone, ya know? Fewer ingredients and fewer steps = less cooking and more eating.
Green tip: Food preservatives, like pesticides, are harmful to the environment. They contain toxins that are harmful to plants, animals, and soil. Homemade food with all-natural ingredients that allows you to avoid preservatives lowers your ecological footprint.
Never Skip The Garnish
Garnish with parsley for some much-needed color and freshness. And there you have it!
Buttery, crisp, and nostalgic Scratch Texas Toast! The perfect accompaniment to every meal. Or snack. Or breakfast. This is a judgment-free zone. Eat it as you will and enjoy it. We all deserve a carb-loaded treat every now and then!
Why You Should Make this Texas Toast Garlic Bread
- It’s nostalgic. Just like the frozen boxed one you used to eat—without all the chemicals!
- It’s easy. Minimal ingredients and less than ten steps.
- It’s garlicky and salty. That fresh roasted garlic + garlic salt. YUMMMMMM!
- It goes with every meal! From salad to pasta to a burger. This is the one-size-fits-all side!
Scratch Texas Toast Frequently Asked Questions
Texas toast is a buttery, garlicy thick cut bread that sometimes has cheese.
While the term can sometimes be used interchangeably, Texas Toast is generally cut thicker than garlic bread.
The name “Texas Toast” comes from a 1940’s restaurant in Texas that served sandwiches on thick cut buttery and garlicy bread. The delicious bread quickly caught on and gained the moniker Texas Toast!