Ok, I realize this sounds weird unless you like octopus. Many people do not, but most Italians do because those who live near the Mediteranian Sea have very specific types of fish available, octopus is one of them as are sardines and calamari. So, if you're into exotic eating, then you will absolutely love this recipe. If you're not, then I recommend you skip this. It's an acquired taste.
Octopus In Its Own Water
1 octopus (medium size)
2 tbs. olive oil
hot red pepper to taste
Clean and cut octopus into small bite size pieces ( 1 in. ). Place olive oil in pot and add cut octopus into pot. Let simmer slowly for over one hour, or until it is tender.
It will throw out lots of water and will be purple in color. The gravy is somewhat thick and clings lovingly on each piece of crispy, crunchy Italian bread you dunk.