This is a dish that my Scots/Irish grandmother would prepare. Easy on the budget, easy on the cook, stick to your ribs, family pleaser that uses only one very large skillet or dutch oven. It calls for whole all natural ingredients and is ridiculously off the politically correct eating charts! Not for those on a low fat, low carb, low cal, low anything diet. True comfort food! I purchase the sausages from Whole Foods. If you don't want to go to that expense, or you don't have a Whole Foods Market near you, substitute your favorite breakfast sausage. Great St Patrick's Day fare!!!