Friday, August 12, 2011

Texas Toast

Texas Toast is one of those foods that's often misunderstood.  "Texas Toast" actually refers to a type of bread - thick cut white (about 1" slices).  This type of bread can be used for French Toast, sandwiches, or a recipe like the one we have here.
Texas Toast, as I think the term is most generally used, is a buttered toast that is often served as a side dish.  Authentically, it is fried - much like French Toast.  Sometimes it is fried in a pan that was used to fry meat (like steak or bacon), so that the bread absorbs the flavor (which might not sound great, but trust me - really is).
There are, of course, many variations.  Some people add things like herbs, seasoning salt, cheeses, and other toppings.  Some people bake, broil, or grill the bread instead of frying it.  I wanted to keep my recipe more true.  I did add just a bit of garlic, for flavor in lieu of the meat juices.
So, add or omit whatever you'd like, use whatever method you want to cook it, but however you slice it - Texas Toast is super good!

Texas Toast
Katie Christy

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 tsp minced garlic
1/8 tsp ground black pepper
8-10 thick slices of white bread (French or Italian are fine, too)

1.  Place the butter, garlic, and black pepper in the small bowl of a food processor.  Process until smooth.  Alternately, microwave the butter until extremely soft, but not melted.  Stir together with the garlic and black pepper.  Place the butter in a small bowl, cover, and chill if not using right away.

2.  Spread butter mixture on both sides of each slice of bread.

3.  Place a large skillet over medium heat (using a griddle works great, too).  Once hot, place as many slices of bread in the pan as will fit without touching.

4.  When the first sides of the bread are golden, flip.  When the second sides are golden, remove and serve!

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