A Healthier substitute for Texas Toast

The summer after I graduated from high school (Shelby High School, Class of 1983), I spent the summer bussing tables and washing dishes at the local Western Steer.  I did not need any incentive to finish college and law school, but, if I had, that summer would have provided it.  There was one positive to the job – although we only got $.50 off on a steak, we did get some free Texas Toast; and I loved Texas Toast.  I still love Texas Toast; Karen and I used to buy the garlic cheese Texas Toast to go with certain meals.  However, as most of us know, a big chunk of refined white carbohydrate bathed in butter is not the healthiest thing in the world.

Sometime last year, as an alternative, I experimented a little with Toufayan whole wheat pita bread – it s not homemade, but, if you look at the ingredients, it is real food.  What I came up with (inside initially) is this:

  1. Melt a sufficient amount of Land of Lakes light butter to brush onto your pita bread;
  2. Crush garlic (amount to taste) into the melted butter;
  3. Brush garlic butter onto pita;
  4. Bake at 450 for 3 minutes;
  5. Broil for 1 minute;
  6. Pull from oven and spinkle with grated parmesan cheese;
  7. Return to oven and broil for an additional 30-90 seconds.

If you want to have pita chips as an appetizer instead of “Texas Toast” pita with the meal, cut the pita bread into 8 even pieces before brushing with the garlic butter.

Last weekend, I wanted to try something a little different, and I already had my green egg going …  When the egg was between 300 and 400, I put the pita (already brushed with garlic butter, but not yet sprinkled) onto the grill.  When it was sufficiently brown I sprinkled it with the cheese and left it a little longer.  Voila – a new version of the “Texas Toast” pita with a slightly smokey, but not overpowering taste.

Try it and let me know what you think.


3 Responses to “A Healthier substitute for Texas Toast”

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