COURTESY ST. ROCH MARKET
Empanola, an empanada concept, is now open inside St. Roch Market.
an empanada concept, is now open at St. Roch Market
(2381 St. Claude Ave., 504-609-3813). Husband-and-wife team Jimena Urrutia and Marcelo Garcia opened their stand earlier this month, taking over the space formerly occupied by Brugger’s Barbecue.
The empanadas, a nod to Urrutia’s upbringing in Argentina, are made with a French-style puff pastry and baked instead of fried. A long 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 made with “gumbo,” which features chicken and smoked sausage.
Other fillings include a pastry filled with caramelized onions, pecans and blue cheese, a salmon empanada filled with leeks and lime, and the Francophile-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 the 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.