One sidenote for the baba ghanoush discussion--it makes a great base for thinly sliced lamb chops. You can use a cheap cut of lamb that way and stretch it to feed a crowd. Just spike the eggplants with garlic, grill-roast them, skin them, and either follow a recipe or add a little olive oil, lemon juice, and seasoning (salt, pepper, cumin, cayenne) and toss it in the blender/food processor. Throw a little on the plate like you would mashed potatoes, and top with grilled lamb. Info
That is so true. In the Middle East, Baba Ghanoush is never served alone. It always accompanies some sort of lamb Kebobs. It goes well with any kind of meat, and so does Hummus.