Potatoes à la Lyonnaise

October 27, 2014

All week long, Mimi Thorisson -- the blogger behind the beautiful blog Manger -- will be sharing recipes and stories from her new book, A Kitchen in France. Follow along to win a book + a bundle of Staub cookware each day, so you can pretend like you also live in the French countryside.

Today: Mimi shares the buttery French potato dish that goes with everything.

Potatoes a la Lyonnaise

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What can you say about a simple potato dish that goes with everything? That it’s the little black dress of side dishes -- but wouldn’t that be a cliché? I think it’s best to say that it is a dish I would happily welcome at my table anytime. I can’t think of a meal that would not be improved if served alongside Lyonnaise potatoes. Frankly, as I am writing this, I realize I can’t serve dinner tonight without these. That’s how good they are.

More: Pair the little black dress of side dishes with the little black dress of roasting dishes.

Potatoes à la Lyonnaise

Serves 4

2 pounds new potatoes, peeled
About 11 tablespoons unsalted butter
Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 onions, thinly sliced
A bunch of fresh parsley, leaves removed and finely chopped

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Photo by Oddur Thorisson

Every day this week, we're giving away a copy of A Kitchen in France and a bundle of Mimi's favorite Staub cookware! To win today's copy, tell us in the comments: What's your favorite way to cook potatoes? We'll choose winners this Friday, October 31st. (U.S. entrants only, please!)

Update: LakelureladyonetinysparkDouble HelpingTerryKes, and rhubarb! rhubarb! rhubarb! are our winners! Enjoy your copies of A Kitchen in France and Staub cookware. 



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Mimi Thorisson is the author of Manger, a blog devoted to French cooking, and the host of La Table de Mimi on Canal+ in France. After a career in television and having lived in Hong-Kong, Singapore, London, Reykjavik, and Paris, she settled with her photographer husband, five young children, two older stepchildren, and the family's fourteen dogs in a rural farmhouse in Médoc.


pretty_pathetic October 31, 2014
I love roasted potato wedges.
Phillie F. October 31, 2014
Mashed potatoes made with yukon gold potatoes, tons of butter, truffle salt, heavy cream and creme fraiche and pressed through a sieve- so creamy and not at all gummy.
pistachios October 31, 2014
Garlic cheese mashed potatoes.. yum
caroline G. October 30, 2014
German potato salad with bacon, caramelized onions, and vinegar
Katie October 30, 2014
I love mashed potatoes with fried onion and wild mushrooms! Thank you!
CaseyAnne October 30, 2014
Perfect mashed potatoes with lots of sour cream and butter!
lakelurelady October 30, 2014
I love a Gruyere cheese gratin of sliced potatoes cooked in my iron skillet.
Jessi October 30, 2014
I absolutely love to par boil and then roast them in ghee or butter, sea salt, pepper and fresh herbs until they are a lovely crispy brown all over. The flavor is perfectly warm and comforting.
Michele H. October 30, 2014
I love making fried cubed potatoes with salt, pepper and cayenne for breakfast burritos or plain old bacon & eggs. ( Being Latina, I love to reheat them in cheese quesadillas for lunch the next day!)
anne October 30, 2014
In the summer, fingerlings simply boiled. Serve them warm or at room temp with a pat of butter and a pile of salt on the plate. Dip and enjoy. Round out with hard boiled eggs and whatever raw veggie is growing in the garden or in the CSA bag.
Mariel S. October 30, 2014
Halved (fingerlings are my favorite!), roasted in duck fat and tossed with thyme, rosemary and Maldon's.
Bklynbean October 30, 2014
Au gratin in my cast iron skillet! Or boiled and then mashed with sautéed garlic and olive oil.
pandapotamus October 29, 2014
Potatoes cooked under a roasted chicken!!! SO GOOD!
Mirakol October 29, 2014
Chopped or cubed and thrown into a Dutch oven with herbs de Provence, chicken broth, fresh lemon juice, a bit of dry white wine, salt and pepper and cooked in a very hot oven for maybe 2 hours covered then uncovered the last 45 minutes maybe. DIVINE! Found the recipe on Pinterest!
Mirakol October 29, 2014
Oh, garlic too!
Joanna F. October 29, 2014
Morgan B. October 29, 2014
Roasted with herbs and olive oil for weeknights. Potato pavé to impress the dinner guests.
Jenna C. October 29, 2014
My favorite way is to make parchment-lined foil packets, fill them with chopped potatoes, onions, carrots, herbs, and olive oil, then cook them in the coals of a campfire. It always seems so decadent to have potatoes and steak while camping, but it is really very easy.
rhubarb! R. October 29, 2014
scalloped potatoes
Kelsey T. October 29, 2014
I love potatoes roasted with olive oil, salt, pepper, chopped garlic, chives, and some Dijon mustard. So good!
onetinyspark October 29, 2014
I love to simply roast potatoes with olive oil, salt and pepper. Then dip them in a bit of mayo!