Cherry Tree Farm is a range of cooked meats from British livestock sold by the Co-Op. There are 7 different varieties in the range - Roast Chicken, Roast Turkey, 'American Fried' Chicken, Hickory Smoked Turkey, Turkey Ham, Roast Chicken Chunks and Tikka Chicken Chunks.
Cherry Tree Farm have challenged me to come up with 7 different meals using their cooked meats, which each only take 7 minutes to prepare.
1.Pizza! Pizza bases are fairly easy to make, and incredibly cheap to buy. I mostly buy mine for 59p and then a quick swoosh of tomato puree, a sprinkle of Oregano and Basil, some grated cheese and top with chopped Roast Chicken and the circular slices of the Turkey Ham or American Fried Chicken.
2. Quesadillas. These are so incredibly easy and a great change from a toastie made with bread.
Top a tortilla with whatever ingredients you fancy. My little children love Turkey Ham and cheese, my teenagers like to add spices and onion, and my partner likes Chicken Chunks and adds slices of bell pepper and sweetcorn. Fold it in half or place another over the top and then heat in a large frying pan or on a griddle until the cheese has melted, turning half way through cooking.
3. Cooked Meat and Cheese Whirls. Made in the same way as my 5 Minute Cinnamon Whirls using puff pastry - but replace the filling by covering pastry sheet with slices of whichever of the sliced cooked meats you fancy and thinly sliced cheese. A brilliant party nibble!
4. Fajita Taco.
We eat this around once a fortnight, although my children have asked if we can have a regular Taco Tuesday like Emmet in The LEGO Movie! Warm the Chicken Chunks, sliced onion and peppers with mexican fajita spice in a pan until the onion starts to soften, then roll into a tortilla with some salad and grated (or in this case sliced) cheese. Add salsa and soured cream to taste (my little boys prefer without).
For a nice gently spicy Taco with a difference try the Tikka Chicken Chunks and omit the Mexican spice when heating.
5. Savoury croissants. Croissants make a lovely change from bread - and the savoury croissant is definitely under-used in the UK. We heated our croissants first and then added the Roast Turkey and mature cheese, so that it doesn't melt, it just warms.
6. Mini Tartlets. Quiche was over-used when I was growing up, and tended to be bland and boring. The possibilities are limitless though, and taking a simple pastry lining, filling with whatever you fancy and then pouring over beaten egg to fill the pastry case is incredibly quick. Try leaving texture in your tartlet - chunks of chicken, peas, chopped mushroom, a slice of fresh tomato. Add a little salt and pepper and seasoning if you wish. My favourite tartlet usually involves asparagus.
7. Of course you can always just make a butty!
Cherry Tree Farm cooked meats are available at your local Co-op store. They retail at £1-£2 per pack. My family really liked all of the varieties and I thought they were incredibly user-friendly
We were sent one pack of each of the 7 varieties of Cherry Tree Farm cooked meats to try.