Sweet Potato Slices With Orange & Fresh Thyme

3 medium-sized sweet potatoes (about 2 pounds) trimmed, peeled -- cut into 1/8 inch thick slices
1 crushed garlic clove
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup packed parsley sprigs
1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme -- leaves stripped from the stems, or 1/4 teaspoon dried
1 strip (about 1/2 x 2 inches) orange zest
salt and freshly ground black pepper -- to taste

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Select a large nonstick sheet pan at least 1 4 x 10 inches.
Combine the sweet potato slices with the garlic and the oil in a large bowl; toss to coat with the oil.
Bake, turning the potatoes once or twice as they begin to brown, about 40 minutes.
Remove from the oven.
Meanwhile, fi nely chop the parsley, thyme and orange zest together; sprinkle over the potato es.
Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Return to the oven and bake for 10 minutes longer, or until the potatoes are tender, turning them once.
Serve hot. Yield: 4 to 6 servings

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