Old-fashioned Lyonnaise Potatoes

Lyonnaise Potatoes in BowlI recently made a hundred-year-old recipe for Lyonnaise Potatoes. Diced potatoes are coated with butter, chopped onion, and parsley. This classic comfort food makes a nice side dish.

This recipe also brought back food memories of a similar dish from my childhood that we called Parsley Potatoes. I don’t think that Parsley Potatoes contained any onion, but otherwise it was the same as Lyonnaise Potatoes.

Here’s the original recipe:

Recipe for Lyonnaise Potatoes
Source: Lowney’s Cook Book (Revised Edition, 1921)

Some Lyonnaise Potato recipes call for browning the potatoes, but since this one didn’t; I didn’t brown the potatoes.

Here’s the recipe updated for modern cooks:

Lyonnaise Potatoes

  • Servings: 2 - 3
  • Difficulty: easy
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2 cups boiled potatoes, diced into 1-inch cubes

2 tablespoons butter

1 tablespoon onion, finely chopped

3 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped

salt and pepper

Melt butter in a skillet; stir in the onion. Cook until the onion is transparent while stirring occasionally. Stir in parsley. Add potatoes, and season with salt and pepper; stir gently to coat with butter, onion, and parsley. When hot, remove from heat and serve,


20 thoughts on “Old-fashioned Lyonnaise Potatoes

  1. We often had potatoes with parsley, too. I’ve never tried them with onion, but this sounds quite good. I tend not to eat potatoes, but it would be worth giving this a try.

  2. We also frequently had boiled new potatoes with butter and parsley. We also had buttered noodles with poppy seeds which I still use. (I know that is off the subject, but wanted to share it!)

  3. I remember looking up Lyonnaise potatoes a year or so ago, after watching an episode of Perry Mason where Perry and Della ordered them with their steaks.

  4. Like Elizabeth’s family, we only had parsley potatoes when there were little new potatoes. We also had them with new peas in cream sauce.

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