Heat oven to 425° F. Arrange the potatoes and bay leaves in an overlapping-shingle pattern in a 3-quart baking dish. Scatter the garlic on top and drizzle with the oil. Season with 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Bake until the potatoes are tender and browned, 50 minutes to 1 hour.
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