After reading ALL the comments I understand why it is necessary to brown the chops 1st. It gives them a nice color & searing them seals in the juices. I used the cornbread stuffing, but the pork stuffing sounds best. I did think the stuffing was too salty, so has anyone made it with something else as a substitute for the stuffing? Maybe a homemade bread crumb or cracker topping? I actually didn't see the stuffing was to be prepared & sprinkled it on dry. The moisture from the pie filling moistened it fine. I will make again, probably doubling the apple pie filling & adding dried cranberries.