Texas toast is a type of
packaged bread (not sold toasted as the name implies)
which is pre-sliced at double the typical thickness of
most pre-sliced breads. While it can be used in the same
manner as ordinary bread slices such as in sandwiches, it
is especially useful for dishes involving liquids or where
extra thickness can improve the product, such as French
toast. Producers of Texas toast in the United States
include Wonder Bread, Franz Bakery, Mrs. Bairds, and
in Texas and the states surrounding it, Texas toast is
generally served toasted as a side with southern-style
dishes such as chicken fried steak, fried catfish, or BBQ.
Texas Toast can also be used when making toasted
The actual toast itself is made by buttering both sides of
the bread and broiling it until lightly golden brown.
Depending on the recipe, the butter may have seasonings
such as garlic. The toast may have cheese on one or both
The best selling varieties of Texas Toast are frozen
breads, sold with a garlic or garlic and cheese spread
which is applied immediately after baking. The best
selling brands are the New York Brand of the T. Marzetti
Company, Pepperidge Farm, and Coles.
Some recipes include regular or thick-sliced bread cooked
in a frying pan used to fry steak, bacon, or other meat
product in order to absorb the grease from the meat.
One claimant to the invention of Texas toast is the Pig
Stand restaurant chain, founded in Oak Cliff, Texas, in
the early 1920s. The once-thriving chain, whose heyday in
the 1940s saw over 100 locations across the United States,
also claims to be the originator of the onion ring. Texas
toast may have been first created in 1941 at the Pig Stand
in Beaumont, Texas, after a bakery order for thicker
slices of bread resulted in slices too thick for the
toaster and a cook who suggested buttering and grilling
them as a remedy.