Goat Cheese with Thyme, Peppercorns, and Lemon Oil

This was a great and easy appetizer. I recently got a stash of peppercorns from Penzey's in Grand Central Station, and was glad to finally make a mélange with them in my pepper grinder. The spiciness works really well with the lemon, and if you use a really good oil, it won't disappoint!

Goat Cheese with Thyme, Peppercorns, and Lemon Oil
Bon Appétit July 2007

1 (5.5-ounce) log soft mild goat cheese
1 teaspoon pink peppercorns or peppercorn mélange, cracked
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1/2 small garlic clove, pressed (optional)
Sliced baguette (toasted, if desired)

Place cheese on plate; using plastic wrap as aid, shape into 5-inch round. Sprinkle with salt, peppercorns, and thyme, and press into cheese. Mix olive oil, lemon peel, and garlic, if desired, in small bowl. Pour over cheese. Serve with baguette.

MacGourmet Rating: 4 Stars

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