Place HALF the bacon and the diced onion in a skillet and cook over low heat and cook till bacon is done, last five minutes of cooking add grated garlic. Remove from skillet.
Scrub potato skins and rinse. Using a mandolin or knife slice into thin rounds.
You can use a glass baking dish, but i used my cast iron skillet. Lightly grease bottom with olive oil. Start placing potato rounds in bottom.
Make a second layer of potatoes so that you cannot see bottom of pan.
Spoon your bacon, onion, garlic mixture over top of potatoes. Pour about 1/2-3/4 of the half and half over top. Salt and pepper if desired. Sprinkle 3/4 of the grated cheese on.
Place one more layer of potatoes on top. Pour over the rest of the half and half, sprinkle the remaining grated cheese on.
In a bowl mix together the panko, half the raw bacon and the parmesan cheese. Sprinkle liberally over top of potatoes.
Cover tightly with non stick sprayed foil. Bake 350° for 30 min. Uncover and bake 30 min longer.Allow to cool for about 10 min before serving. Garnish with any green you like.
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