My dad has a full plate on his hands. You’ve heard of the whole sandwich generation thing, right? You’re caught in the extremes of two worlds: 1. dealing with an aging parent(s) and 2. parenting. He’s still got his wonderful mother around who is going as strong as you can at 98, and has 3 daughters to juggle (one being 22). As many parents of girls know, daughters don’t ever really seem to give you a break. That is why your main goal is to marry them off.
I kid, of course. I’m in boy world – what do I know?
Anyway, on top of the whole aging parents/parenting thing going on, he has two very busy grandsons that love him, and he is one of the founding partners at Hamilton Partners. Real estate. The word alone after the past years just kind of makes you shudder, doesn’t it? He’s held strong though, as dads always seem to do. He’s got that crazy old school approach and even at his age is almost always the last to leave the office nightly. Blows my mind.
So full calendar? Yes. Very. I like to help out when I can, and dinner on a night when I knew my mom was out is an easy way to do just that. I’ve made these delicious sandwiches for him before, so it was an easy way to lure him back on over for a pick up. I emailed him to come by, and he confirmed around 6:30. Knowing my dad was at the office I kicked it back to 7:15, which was spot on. He came in the back patio door in his long coat with a big smile as B greeted him with a bat and by throwing a ball directly at him. The sandwiches were sitting on the counter: warm, gooey, and wrapped in foil, patiently waiting for his oven. Dream bars were cut into crumbly squares as well – still cooling on a pink flowered plate. I offered him a glass of sparkling water, as alcohol was just never his style.
We would chat a bit – how was your day, how was school for L, and then down the street he would go with these killer sandwiches in hand to hopefully relax a bit before the next day begins. A work ethic to be admired, for sure. Totally worthy of a homemade Philly cheesesteak sandwich… or 2!
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
- 1 green bell pepper, sliced
- 8 oz. mushrooms, sliced
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 lbs deli roast beef
- 1/2 lbs sliced provolone
- 6 whole wheat hoagie or panini rolls, split
- Melt the butter and oil in a medium-sized skillet set over medium heat. Add onions, peppers and mushrooms. Cook, stirring often, until vegetables begin to soften. Season with salt and pepper and continue to cook just until the onions begin to brown around the edges.
- Split the meat equally between rolls, top evenly with cooked veggies, top with cheese. Roll each prepared sandwich tightly in foil. Bake @450ºF for 10 minutes, or until cheese has melted and sandwiches are heated through.
- Leave any leftovers wrapped in foil and bake in the oven to reheat.