Place potatoes cut side down in large skillet. Add water, butter, salt, garlic and thyme. Bring to simmer; cover 15 minutes.
Remove lid and lift out garlic and thyme. Increase heat to med-high and simmer vigorously until all water evaporates and butter starts to sizzle, 15-20 min. Cook 4-6 minutes until bottom of potatoes are nicely browned.
Separately, mash garlic into a paste with lemon juice and butter. When potatoes are done, toss to coat.
Go to full version of