If there's one thing we can all agree on, it's that the upcoming release of In The Heights is the joy we need right now.
A celebration of New York City and the Latinx community, we've been fans of Lin-Manuel Miranda's story since its Broadway days, and are practically giddy at the prospect of its reach expanding into homes across the country and beyond. The song, the dance, the familia, the food...all wrapped up sit back and enjoy.
So, when Warner Brothers and Lin-Manuel's team reached out to Loisa to participate in the virtual screening of the film by including our Sazón, Adobo and Sofrito in their incredible Abuela's Bodega Boxes sent around the country to those in attendance - it was our sueñito to take part and share the flavor.
Not only did the boxes come with our puro sabor ingredients, we included a recipe for the most perfect Black Beans & Batatas, created by the one-and-only Bronx-Born Heights-based Dominican-American Chef & Educator Yadira Garcia (@happyhealthylatina). We've shared that insert with you here, plus an easier-to-use version of the recipe further below.
With the film opening in select theaters and streaming on HBO Max starting June 11th, the buzz has only begun. In The Heights will also open the Tribeca Festival at the United Palace in Washington Heights, carrying on the already beautiful and honest representation within this film's cast and setting all the way through to the location of its festival premiere.
We see In The Heights as both an homage to the community's past and a vote for its future, and we can't get enough!
Black Beans with Batata (Sweet Potato)
Created in collaboration with Chef Yadira Garcia for In The Heights.
1 can of black beans (alt, soaked then dried)
1 tbsp of olive oil
1 tsp Loisa Organic Sazón
1 tsp Loisa Organic Adobo
1 tsp Ground Oregano
1 tbsp Loisa Sofrito
1 bell pepper, small dice
1 small red onion, small dice
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
½ cup of small diced white sweet potato OR auyama (optional)
1 cup of tomato sauce (or ⅓ cup tomato paste)
½ cup vegetable broth or water
2 Bay Leaves (optional)
½ teaspoon of chopped fresh cilantro
Sea Salt & Black Pepper to taste
In a pot heat the oil over low-medium flame.
Add spices (Loisa Adobo, Loisa Sazon, Loisa Sofrito, oregano) stir to coat pan
Next sautée bell pepper, onion, garlic, sweet potato/pumpkin if using.
Add tomato sauce/paste, bay leaf if using, stir to combine
Add the beans and simmer for two minutes.
Add 1/2 cup of vegetable broth or water.
Lightly mash some of the beans with a potato masher to break them out of their skin and create a thicker stew (optional).
Cook until it reaches a creamy consistency (approx 10 min).
Turn off beans, add cilantro, season with salt and pepper to taste.
Serve with brown rice, salad, as a side dish, or with a lean protein like salmon or shrimp! Enjoy!