Empanola, an empanada concept, is now open at St. Roch Market (2381 St. Claude Ave., 504-609-3813; www.strochmarket.com). Husband-and-wife team Jimena Urrutia and Marcelo Garcia opened their stand in early July, taking over the space formerly occupied by Brugger's Barbecue.
The empanadas, a nod to Urrutia's upbringing in Argentina, are made with French-style puff pastry and baked instead of fried. The selection of fillings ranges from traditional ham and cheese to creative medleys inspired by local dishes, There's a version filled with crawfish etouffee and one featuring "gumbo," made with chicken and smoked sausage.
Other empanadas include a pastry filled with caramelized onions, pecans and blue cheese, a salmon version with leeks and lime and the French-inspired beef bourguignon, made with red wine-braised beef stew with bacon and mushrooms.
At the market, the empanadas are served with salad and a selection of sauces. Guests also can order pastries in bulk to carry out.
Empanola is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.