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Fresno Potatoes

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It was in South America, about 5 thousand years ago, when scientists believe the first potato was cultivated.  The Incas learned how to mash and dehydrate them into what they called chunu, which could be stored up to 10 years; guarding against crop failure.  The tuber was first introduced to the colonies in the 1600’s by the British governor of the Bahamas, then on to the White House where Thomas Jefferson served the spuds to his guests.  From then on, the potato has grown in popularity to become one of the most widely used foods around the world. 

I love potatoes, pretty much any variety, prepared any way. When I first came across this recipe, I knew it was a must try ~ potatoes, bacon, onion and cheese.    The only puzzling thing about this dish is, why the name Fresno?  Do you know?

This would be a great side dish for about any meal; perfect for anything from brunch to a cook out!  Try this if you are a potato lover too!

Panko & melted butter ready
To the oven

Fresno Potatoes


4-6 potatoes—I used red potatoes
6 slices crisp bacon, crumbled
6 green onions, thinly sliced
1 cup milk
1½ cups sour cream
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Salt and seasoned pepper, to taste
¼ cup Panko crumbs
5 tablespoons butter, melted


Boil potatoes, until just tender but not cooked all the way through, about 25 minutes.
When cool enough to touch, peel and cut into ¼” thick slices.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a greased 9” x 13” baking dish, layer half of the potato slices.
Top with half the bacon and onions.
Stir milk into the sour cream and season with salt and pepper.
Spread half the mixture over the potato layer and sprinkle with half the cheese.
Season with salt and pepper.
Repeat layers.
Sprinkle Panko over the top of the potato mixture and drizzle butter over all.
Bake uncovered for 30 minutes until golden brown and bubbly.
Serve hot


Be sure to visit my friend, Linda’s blog, @My Kind of Cooking for great tips and delicious easy recipes! 


  1. These potatoes look delicious. ~ Interesting tidbit on potatoes.

  2. Ellen, thanks! Have a good day!

  3. Mmmm. panko topping is excellent!

  4. Que interesante receta de patatas.


  5. Thomas Jefferson and I are both Virginians who love(d) their potatoes!!

    I don't know why these are called Fresno potatoes. I'd just call them delicious!


  6. It's going on my must-try list as well

  7. Wow! I can't wait to give these a try. Just pinned them :)

  8. All my favourite ingredients, this has to be good. Have a good week. Diane

  9. Grubarazzi, Mmmmm, I so agree!

    jose manuel, gracias! Tambien resulta deliciosa.

    Bonnie, it has to be one the one vegetable that everyone likes, in one form or another. Thanks for the visit!

    Larry, great. Hope you like it, if you make it.

    Kathleen, I'm glad you like the recipe. Pinning is a wonderful thing too.

    Diane, thanks so much! You have a good week also!

  10. Hi Pam, per your request, I've added a printer friendly button to my blog. Thanks for the suggestion and have a wonderful evening :)

  11. panko and potatoes.. doesn't get much better then that!!!!

  12. Ellen, great! Now I can copy all sorts of good recipes of yours!!!

    Leslie, you said it all. Thanks!

  13. Those look delicious, my husband would even eat them! I have no idea why the name of Fresno either.

  14. Dining Alone, great! Then you can have a good dinner together! Fresno is still a mystery! Have a good evening!

  15. Pam, I like it! Basic comfort food, simply done... Thanks for the recipe. Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  16. I've never met a potato I did not like... I have to say that these would be no different :)

  17. oh yummy! i'm making out my list for the next week and this will make a terrific side dish Pam! Also LOVE the recipe for the dill pickles below...yum ~ can't wait to try that one as well!!

  18. Oh yea, you had me at potato!
    This sounds really yummy.
    I think I'll save it for when it gets cooler.

    M :)

  19. I don't know can you go wrong with potatoes, bacon, cheese,'s just gotta be good! Plus it just topped my list on "must make"! I have never heard of Fresno Potatoes, so no idea why it's called that! I hope you are having a good week Pam!

  20. What a great recipe! You can never go wrong with those ingredients!

  21. Dave, yup! And sometimes that's the best!

    Jenn, I've never met one either! :-)

    TSKG, thanks! This side dish would make any potato lover happy, I'm guessing. Have a good day!

    Melinda, I hope you try the potatoes! Good day to you!

    Lyndsey, great minds think alike! The list of ingredients definitely caught my eye when I saw this recipe. Thanks for the visit!

    laurie, I agree! Have a great rest of the week!

  22. Love this recipe! I haven't got a clue about how it got that name.

  23. I really got a charge out of this post. (ha ha ha, sorry, couldn't resist)

    Don't charge me with "battery"!

  24. Linda, thanks and have a good weekend!

    Chris, I'm glad somebody did!! lol! Try the potatoes and let me know what time it is!!!


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