The dish is purported to be "a creamy and colorful" one. I can speak for the creamy part, but as for the "colorful," I'm not so sure. This recipe pretty much falls into the category of "beige food," a culinary genre that my sister christened one family Thanksgiving. We noticed that, like on many Southern tables, the majority of items offered in the repast set before us were "beige" - green bean casserole (beige on top), dressing (beige), turkey (beige), some other indistinguishable casserole with crushed Ritz crackers on top (beige), and, well, you get the drift.
That is indeed my scribbled note at the top of the recipe - I deemed this "delicious" and left a reminder to use cheddar and crushed crackers. My progeny will thank me.
I am completely aware that casseroles are unhip. After all, the Food Network is one of only two TV channels I watch, and the chefs are usually whipping up something fashionable like "Seared Ahi Tuna with Wasabi Chili Butter". . . which sounds pretty good to me. They're not making much with things that come in a can, ya know. . . except for Paula Deen. She never met a stick of butter or can of cream-o'-mushroom she didn't like.
So, in a nod to modernity, I added some minced garlic and chopped mushrooms to the onions and peppers when I sauted them, and I mixed in the cheese, too. I topped it all off with some Asiago Wheat Bread crumbs (I had made some of this bread and had some of the loaf in the freezer) and a bit of butter. Crunchy, yummy, goodness.
Some may think "Why doesn't she just open a box of Tuna Helper?" To you I say - How dare you? In her wildest dreams, boxed Tuna Helper is only half as good as this.