Scratch Texas Toast

This Scratch Texas Toast is buttery, crisp, and nostalgic. The perfect accompaniment to any meal.

Why eat Frozen Texas Toast when you can have Scratch Texas Toast in under an hour and with just 5 ingredients?

My mom always cooked growing up, and we rarely had anything frozen, but I have distinct memories of Texas Toast being served from a box and LOVING IT. It’s just so salty and buttery and garlicky and YUM.

The downside is that, like most frozen foods, frozen Texas Toast has preservatives—acids and enzymes and all sorts of things I can’t even pronounce.

Good news! It’s super easy to recreate! You only need five ingredients to make the perfect Scratch Texas Toast.

Portrait of a plate of texas toast surrounded by bigger pieces of Texas toast

Scratch Texas Toast 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.

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.

You can also use a food processor, blender, whisk, or mortar and pestle. It doesn’t hurt to be a little heavy-handed with this spread.

plate of Texas toast surrounded by more toast and two little pinch bowls of marinara

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!

plate of texas toast with one piece dipped in marinara

Why You Should Make this Scratch Texas Toast

  • 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 garlicy 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!

Looking for other handheld snacks? Try these Homemade Baked Soft Pretzels and Healthy Rustic Broccoli Cheddar Bites!

Scratch Texas Toast

5 from 2 votes
Recipe by Marley Goldin Course: Snacks, Appetizers, SidesCuisine: vegetarian


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This Scratch Texas Toast is buttery, crisp, and nostalgic. The perfect accompaniment to any meal.


  • 1 loaf Cuban bread

  • 1 head of garlic

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

  • 1 handful of fresh parsley for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Place a whole head of garlic on a sheet of tin foil. Drizzle the garlic with olive oil and wrap the tin foil around it. Place it on a cookie sheet and roast for 30 minutes.
  • Place your butter in a large mixing bowl near the hot oven so it softens. Chop your parsley, and slice your bread in half longways, and open it so the inside of the bread is facing up.
  • Remove garlic from the oven and allow it to cool until it’s comfortable to handle. Bring oven temperature down to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Cut off the tip of the garlic, hold it over the bowl with your softened butter, and squeeze, so the roasted garlic comes out of the outer skin.
  • Add the chopped parsley and garlic salt to your garlicy butter. Use a hand mixer on high to integrate all the ingredients and whip the butter until it forms a smooth, fragrant spread.
  • Spread evenly and generously onto the bread, and bake on a baking sheet at 350 for about 5-7 minutes until the buttery spread is completely melted and the bread is nice and crispy.

    Cut into thick chunks and serve hot with marinara sauce or on it’s own.

Pro Tips

  • You can use this same garlic butter recipe to use on a french baguette to make garlic bread, but the Cuban bread will give it the Texas Toast feel.
  • Cheesy Texas Toast is delish! You can add shredded cheddar, mozzarella, or even parmesan before step 5.

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Scratch Texas Toast Frequently Asked Questions

What is Texas Toast?

Texas toast is a buttery, garlicy thick cut bread that sometimes has cheese.

What’s the difference between Texas Toast and Garlic Bread?

While the term can sometimes be used interchangeably, Texas Toast is generally cut thicker than garlic bread.

Why is it called Texas Toast?

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!

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1 thought on “Scratch Texas Toast”

  1. I\’m so happy you have good memories of some of the food I made when you were a little girl! Even I can make this recipe !! I\’m going to try it.

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