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Are you planning to make some Texas toast but don’t know how? Then you come to the right place. In this article, I’ll list the Texas toast cooking instructions for your convenience.
When we say Texas toast, we can expect thick-sliced bread that’s flavored with butter and garlic oil. I get to know this stuff when I was making some toast the other day. If you’re excited to make some Texas toast, keep on reading.
1. Gather Your Supplies
In making Texas toast, the first thing that you’ll need to do is gather the ingredients and the equipment. The basic ingredients are white bread, butter, and garlic, but if you feel a bit fancy, you can top the bread with grated cheese. For flavor, you can add some seasonings, like salt, pepper, and dried parsley.
Although you can use the actual Texas toast bread loaf, nothing beats a loaf of white bread that’s fresh from the bakery. Sometimes I use English Muffin toasting bread but you can use any unsliced classic white bread. You also need to use melted butter for easy spreadability.
The butter will give that rich buttery flavor on your bread. The garlic, on the other hand, will give that flavor punch that everyone loves. Together, they pack a nice flavor that is a signature for Texas toast. For best results, Rasa Malaysia suggests using fresh garlic, not powder, to infuse well with the bread.
To cut the bread, you’ll need a serrated knife. If you decide to pan-fry or grill the bread, prepare a good griddle or skillet and a spatula or tongs. For baking, prepare a baking sheet and foil.
2. Preheat Your Grill, Griddle Pan, Or Oven
Now there are three ways to cook your Texas toast: stovetop, grill, or oven. Before you start cooking, preheat your choice of cooking source. Preheating is essential if you want your bread to cook faster and more evenly.
A preheated grill, skillet, or oven can also prevent your food from sticking to the cooking surface. For your grill, preheat it for at about 10-15 minutes. Gas grills need to have their heat setting turned to the maximum temperature while charcoal grills need to have their briquettes turned white before you can cover it and preheat for about 15 minutes.
If you decide to use the oven, preheat it to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Electric ovens need about 10-15 minutes while gas ovens only need 5-10 minutes before they can reach the ideal temperature.
In the stovetop, preheat your griddle or cast iron over medium heat for about five minutes. You can tell that your pan is ready if the water that you’ll drop skitters over the surface.
3. Cut The Bread
While preheating your cooking source, start cutting the loaf bread into desired slices using an offset serrated knife. The thickness of the slice can range from 3/4 to 1 inch. For a neat cut, use a 9-inch or longer serrated knife.
Since it will be hard to cut the bread in uniform, you can use an adjustable bread slicer, like this one. Just place the bread into the slicer and use the divider to select the bread size you want. Now, run the knife into the guide slits and you’ll have perfect slices.
Watch how to use a bread slicing guide.
Using a bread slicing guide is pretty convenient because the crumbs of the bread can fall neatly into a detachable catcher. When buying this guide, Dimpflmeier suggests looking for a durable construction. Make sure that the bread can be held securely and the guide itself has a strong grip on the table.
4. Prep And Mix The Ingredients
Now let’s prepare the spread. In a bowl, mix the garlic puree, melted butter, and dried parsley. You can add some salt and pepper to taste. Using a spoon, stir the ingredients to mix well.
If you prefer, you might want to prepare the cheese in a separate bowl. Try combining any of these cheeses: mozzarella, Monterey Jack, and cheddar. You can also opt to use one type of cheese. Regardless of your choice, this will create a cheesy delight once your bread is toasted.
If you don’t know how to puree the garlic, watch this video:
In you blender or food processor, add the peeled garlic and olive oil. Pulse it until the consistency becomes smooth. For the garlic puree leftovers, you can refrigerate or freeze it.
To melt butter, you can nuke it in the microwave for 10-15 seconds. Watch how to melt and soften butter in this video:
You can also soften the butter on the counter for several hours.
5. Spread Away
Now that you have the spread ready, it’s time to brush it on the bread. With a pastry brush, spread the garlic-butter mixture on both sides of the bread. Don’t go overboard with the butter-garlic spread because the flavor might be too overpowering for your sensitive taste.
If you decide to add some cheese, you can add them during the cooking process. Sprinkle the cheese by the time you turn the toast over the second side. You need to add the cheese halfway to prevent it from burning.
6. Fry, Grill, Or Bake
There are three ways wherein you can cook the Texas toast: pan fry, grill, or bake. Here are more detailed Texas toast cooking instructions for each cooking method.
In a preheated skillet or griddle pan, add some oil over medium heat. Place each slice of bread into the pan and cook for about two minutes. If you see that the edges of the bottom have become golden brown, flip it to the other side using a spatula.
Once the bread is turned over, add some grated cheese if you prefer. To melt the cheese perfectly, try covering the pan with a lid. Watch the toast closely and if the cheese has melted, take it out from the pan.
On a preheated grill, place the bread and cook for one minute or until lightly golden brown. If you want to create some pleasant grill marks, turn the bread by a quarter and grill for 30 seconds more. After the bottom side is done, flip it over.
On the second side, sprinkle some cheese if you like. Cover the grill with a lid or a foil tent to melt the cheese. Peek under the foil each few minutes and take the toast out from the grill when the cheese has melted.
To bake, line your baking sheet with aluminum foil. This will keep the toast from sticking into the baking sheet. Now lay each slice in a single layer on top of the foil.
Put on the preheated oven and bake for about 5-6 minutes or until golden brown. If you want to add some cheese, take the bread out from the oven around the 3-minute mark and sprinkle some cheese on the second side of the toast. Return the bread to the oven and bake for another three minutes or until the cheese is bubbly.
7. Serve Warm
Once your toast is all done, transfer it to a serving plate and serve warm. It’s recommended to eat the toast warm because the cheese and butter are still melted. You can serve it together with your breakfast meal or eat it alone with your favorite drink.
Did you enjoy running through the list of Texas toast cooking instructions? I bet you’re hungry for some toast right now because it’s easy to make and the ingredients are only a few: bread, butter, garlic, seasonings, and cheese (optional). Thanks to this list, I can already make my own Texas toast like a pro.
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