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Potatoes Lyonnaise with Lemon

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Today’s recipe is Potatoes Lyonnaise with Lemon. It’s a delicious French side dish that can be served on a holiday or with Sunday dinner. It doesn’t get any better than this – onions, garlic, butter (of course), lemon juice, and crushed red pepper season potatoes wonderfully. The final result is crispy potatoes, caramelized onions and a dish full of flavor. Serve with beef, chicken, or pork to create a lovely meal. Healthy and joyous eating!

Potatoes Lyonnaise with Lemon (Recipe courtesy April Bloomfield)


  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, thinly sliced
  • Salt
  • 2 baking potatoes (1 3/4 pounds), peeled and sliced crosswise 1/2 inch thick
  • ¼ cup rendered duck, goose or pork fat or melted unsalted butter
  • 1 large garlic clove, chopped
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley


In a medium saucepan, melt the butter in the olive oil. Add the sliced onions and a large pinch of salt. Cover and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the onions are very soft and golden, about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, put the potato slices in a large saucepan of water, add a large pinch of salt and bring to a boil. Simmer over moderately high heat until the potatoes are just tender, about 5 minutes. Drain the potatoes and spread the slices in a single layer on a baking sheet; let cool to room temperature. Gently pat the potato slices dry.

In a large nonstick skillet, heat the duck fat. Add the potato slices and cook over moderately high heat until they are browned and crisp, about 6 minutes on each side. Add the chopped garlic and shake it in the skillet until just golden, about 30 seconds. Add the cooked onions and season them with salt and black pepper. Gently stir in the crushed red pepper and lemon juice. Transfer the potatoes and onions to a platter, sprinkle with the chopped parsley and serve right away. Makes 4 servings.



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