Fresno Potatoes

Fresno Potatoes
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Weather: 30 degrees, a little snow melting every day
What I’m listening to:
How Deep the Father’s Love for Us, Bethany Dillon & Matt Hammitt

I was intrigued with this recipe the moment I laid eyes on it. First, it looked absolutely mouth-watering. Second, it is called Fresno Potatoes. I’ve lived in Central California twice and I’d never eaten or heard of Fresno Potatoes. How could this be? I just had to try it as soon as possible.

Cheesy potatoes are an Easter favorite and I love that this recipe is a little different – not quite a scalloped potato, not quite a casserole either, but something right in between. Oh, and there’s bacon. Can’t forget the bacon goodness.  If you’re looking for a new take on cheesy potatoes for your Easter spread, try this one.

Fresno Potatoes

Yield: 1 9x13 inch pan of potatoes, about 8-10 servings

IMG 7811 Fresno Potatoes

Adapted from Your Homebased Mom

Ingredients

  • 4-6 medium sized Yukon Gold potatoes (I wouldn't recommend Russets for this)
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
  • 6 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1c milk
  • 1-1/2c sour cream
  • 2T flour
  • 2c shredded cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4c Panko crumbs
  • 5T butter, melted

Instructions

  1. Boil potatoes, until just tender but not cooked all the way through, about 20-25 minutes. Drain, cool, peel, and cut into 1/4 inch thick slices.
  2. Preheat oven to 350.
  3. In a greased 9 x 13 dish, layer half of potato slices, then top with half the bacon and onions.
  4. Whisk milk into sour cream and flour until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Spread half the mixture over the potato layer and then sprinkle with half the cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Repeat layers.
  5. Sprinkle Panko over top and drizzle butter over all. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes until golden and bubbly. Serve hot.
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31 comments
TkDreamer
TkDreamer

As a current resident of Fresno County, I'm going to have to try these!  

Thank you for your beautiful photographs and easy to follow recipes!

lderaadt
lderaadt

I made these for a family gathering and they were a huge hit.

Thanks for the yummy recipe and for all the other ones I have tried on your blog!

They are wonderful!

staceybug
staceybug

I was born and raised in Fresno, CA and I have never heard of these either. They look yummy! 

NoNoNannette
NoNoNannette

Can I make this ahead of time, then bake then when we are ready to eat? We live about 2 1/2 hours away from our family, so would like fix then the night before. Thanks

Rockamama
Rockamama

The word "Fresno" has nothing to do with the name of the city in Central California.  "Fresno" is Spanish for "ash tree".

Renai
Renai

do i mix the flour and sour cream together as a layer? or can i just add the mixture to a bowl and dump the potatoes in?

sharon
sharon

Love your song... a fav of mine too. and the recipe, of course !

Missy
Missy

Made these for dinner for my family this evening, all I can say is they were excellent!! Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe.

Chef_laureate
Chef_laureate

I made these for dinner tonight. The milk and sour cream broke and it was watery. They did have a good flavor tho!

Blanca F
Blanca F

I agree with you, I have never heard about Frenso Potatos lol.  Can't wait to make these!! Thanks!!

Kimgary
Kimgary

I found this recipe on pinterest, and much like you...the name intrigued me, lol. I was born and raised in central California and when I saw the recipe I thought, what the heck? lol

Joane
Joane

Make them all the time. Everyone loves them. I always cook potatoes the day before ad have no problem.

Mary6127
Mary6127

What is Panko?  Not familiar with the ingrediant.

Cathy Martinez Coffinger
Cathy Martinez Coffinger

Just curious. Why wouldn't you peel and slice them before boiling them? I would think it would be much easier this way.

Kathleen
Kathleen

This is on my Easter menu. I'm figuring out how much can be done today to reduce prep time tomorrow after church. I'm thinking just boiling the potatoes, grating the cheese and slicing onions. Do you think the potatoes will still peel well if they are cold?

alaskafromscratch
alaskafromscratch moderator

 @NoNoNannette Yes, you absolutely can do that. You may want to save the Panko to put on last minute so it doesn't get soggy, otherwise it should be great. You might need an extra 5-10 minutes cooking time after it has been chilled, so keep an eye on that and make sure it's hot and melty in the center. Hope this helps! Enjoy! 

Alaska from Scratch
Alaska from Scratch

Thank you for your question. You layer half the potatoes in the bottom of the pan, top with bacon and onions. In a bowl, whisk milk into sour cream and flour until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Spread half the mixture over the potato layer and then sprinkle with half the cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Repeat layers.

alaskafromscratch
alaskafromscratch

Very happy to hear that you and your family enjoyed the Fresno Potatoes so much! Thank you for letting me know. Come back soon. :)

Julie
Julie

Same with me!  We absolutely love love love the taste, but they were not pretty to look at!  I want to serve to company, but the look was a real turn-off.  Did I do something wrong?  Also, I did not use green onion and substituted a sliced sweet onion and cooked it in the bacon fat-truly spectacular!  Now if I can just figure out why it looked curdled this recipe will truly be one of my favorite potato dishes!  Thanks so much for any help anyone can give! 

Alaska from Scratch
Alaska from Scratch

You can find Panko crumbs near the regular breadcrumbs at the grocery store. It's a Japanese crumb that makes food delightfully crispy. I love it. You can substitute regular breadcrumbs or crushed croutons for the Panko. Enjoy. :) 

Alaska from Scratch
Alaska from Scratch

The idea behind leaving the potatoes whole with the peel on it to prevent them from getting water-logged. Also you really only want to par-boil them and allow them to finish cooking in the oven, so that they don't turn to mush, but maintain some shape and texture. Hope this helps.

Alaska from Scratch
Alaska from Scratch

I haven't tried peeling them cold, but I don't see why not! Give it a try and let me know how it goes. Hope you enjoy the dish. Happy Easter to you and yours!

Renai
Renai

thank you so much!! i made this recipe for my roommates for dinner today and they loved it!!! can't wait to pass this on for everyone to enjoy!!! <3

Kwilt2
Kwilt2

Blessings of Easter to all of you. I peeled them cold, the skin rubbed off with little effort. They sliced up nicely. I have no doubt they will be a hit, and a nice variation from the usual scalloped potatoes. Btw, I also tried the eggs in the oven, I am amazed. So easy. I made deviled eggs for today's dinner. Awesome idea, thanks!

Alaska from Scratch
Alaska from Scratch

I am so happy to hear this! Thank you so much for coming back and letting me know how it turned out for you. Excited to hear you'll be sharing the recipe with others, too! :)

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