Place the potatoes in a pot. Add cold water until the water is about 1 inch over the tops of the potatoes. Over high heat, bring to a boil. Boil for about 15-20 minutes or until a knife inserted in the potatoes has little resistance.
Drain the potatoes.
In a small bowl, mix together the olive oil, garlic and thyme.
Place the potatoes on a baking sheet. Using the bottom of a jar or glass, press on the potatoes to flatten them, but not too hard or they will fall apart.
Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Using a spoon, spoon the olive oil mixture over each potato.
Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden and crispy.
Press very gently on the potatoes at first until you see how hard you can press.