The first dish I remember having at Checkers Diner, 13835 Nacogdoches Road, was owner Rasol Osoli’s hummus. It was an unexpected dish to find on a menu that celebrates American fare with its burgers, chicken dishes and fried seafood. And it was wonderful.
I’ve had it many times on repeat visits and enjoy how creamy it is, with its slices of black olives on top and crispy pita slices on the side.
It was great to learn that Osoli’s recipe is as easy as it is tasty. His version is also flexible in that you can adjust it to your tastes. “Play with it,” he says.
So, add a little extra garlic, if that’s what you like. Or adjust the amount of tahini, a sesame seed paste that you can find in the Middle Eastern Market, Ali Baba International Food Market, 9307 Wurzbach Road, as well as many H-E-B’s (it’s stocked near the jams and jellies). Osoli also gets his pita from Ali Baba International Food Market, 9307 Wurzbach Road.
1 (16-ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained
2-3 tablespoons tahini
2 large or 3 small cloves garlic, chopped
Juice of 1 lemon, or more to taste
Up to 1/8 cup water
Up to 1/8 cup olive oil
Pinch of salt, or more to taste
In a food processor (not a blender), add garbanzo beans and tahini. Process. Add garlic. Process. Add lemon juice, water and olive oil while processing until desired texture is reached. You can add more lemon, water or oil to make it smoother. Add salt to taste. Serve with toasted pita pieces.
From Rasol Osoli/Checkers Diner