Parmesan Spinach Spread

(from The Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook)

Mix up this spread ahead, and bake it just before serving.

1 (10-oz.) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed

1 (3-oz.) package cream cheese, softened

3/4 cup mayonnaise

1-1/4 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese, divided

1/4 cup minced onion

1 tsp. dried Italian seasoning

1 tsp. hot sauce

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper

1/2 tsp. paprika

Drain spinach well. Combine cream cheese and mayonnaise in a bowl. Add spinach, 1 cup Parmesan, onion, and next 4 ingredients; stir well. Spoon into a greased 1-qt. casserole. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese and paprika; bake 10 more minutes. Serve with crackers. Yield: 2-1/4 cups