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Grilled California Goat Cheese on Toast

1/2 pound round or rounds of goat cheese
Freshly ground pepper to taste
2 teaspoons coarsely chopped fresh thyme, or 1/2 teaspoon dried
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
8 bread rounds cut to the diameter of the cheese rounds, each about half an inch thick


Preheat the broiler to high. Slice the rounds crosswise into eight pieces of more or less equal thickness. Arrange the slices of cheese in one layer in a shallow dish or plate. Sprinkle with equal amounts of pepper, thyme and oil. Let marinate for at least 15 minutes. Toast the bread on both sides and arrange the rounds on a baking sheet. Arrange one slice of cheese on each bread round. Pour any remaining oil over the cheese. Place under the broiler about one or two minutes or just until piping hot. Serve on hot plates.

Source: cooking.nytimes.com