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Egyptian Santana potato fries / chips ... fantastic with ribeye steak

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Stormbringer
Stormbringer Posts: 2,106
edited March 20 in Sides
A few years ago, after a chance discussion with the owner of a local fish and chip shop, I discovered the amazing Ramos potato. I have used this versatile varietal to cook fries (chips on my side of the pond) for a long time. Sadly, the Ramos potato is now difficult for even the fish and chip shops here to acquire. 

I went to the same shop last week, and the owner told me he had got some sample potatoes from Egypt to try out. Yeah, I was surprised too. He gave me a few to take home to make chips with and let him know what I thought ... and they were fantastic, as good as chips made from Ramos potatoes.

After some investigation work, I found that the varietal in question is Santana. The Santana potato thrives in regions where it can be grown during the winter such as Egypt, which has the perfect climate and is therefore ideal for this variety. The Santana has a cream to pale yellow fleshy colour. It is a mid-to-late variety, requiring about 120 growing days before harvesting.

So if you can get a hold of some, I highly recommend trying them. I cooked them using the double cook method described in the Ramos post above. Pictured below with some delicious rib eye steaks. 

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  • johnmitchell
    johnmitchell Posts: 6,605
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    That is one awesome looking plate. Interesting post!
    Greensboro North Carolina
    When in doubt Accelerate....
  • GrateEggspectations
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    It’s not often you see a plate of steak and fries where the fries are the main act, but those look and sound great. That rib eye makes one h3ll of a side. 
  • shtgunal3
    shtgunal3 Posts: 5,699
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    Magazine quality photos right there!

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  • caliking
    caliking Posts: 18,741
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    Glorious. 

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
  • dbCooper
    dbCooper Posts: 2,113
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    Those potatoes (both Ramos and Santana) look and sound special.  They do not sound familiar at all to me, will be checking for them around here.  Not feeling confident they are available in my area.
    Although you were posting about "chips", some details about that ribeye, please.  Having only partially exposed is just a big tease! 🙂
    LBGE, LBGE-PTR, 22" Weber, Coleman 413G
    Great Plains, USA
  • Stormbringer
    Stormbringer Posts: 2,106
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    dbCooper said:
    Those potatoes (both Ramos and Santana) look and sound special.  They do not sound familiar at all to me, will be checking for them around here.  Not feeling confident they are available in my area.
    Although you were posting about "chips", some details about that ribeye, please.  Having only partially exposed is just a big tease! 🙂
    They are worth seeking out. They are of Dutch origin and I believe created by the same company. I tried to find information about availability in the USA, but drew a blank on that front. 

    The ribeye was a simple sear in butter in a cast iron pan with some Dizzy Pig Redeye Express. 
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  • Stormbringer
    Stormbringer Posts: 2,106
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    shtgunal3 said:
    Magazine quality photos right there!
    Thanks! They were taken with an IPhone 15 Pro Max. I'm really impressed with the camera in this. 
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  • lkapigian
    lkapigian Posts: 10,811
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    Good Groceries!
    Visalia, Ca @lkapigian