Onion rings are time consuming and messy, but always worth all of the trouble if you have the time. Because I'm on winter break, I now have the time.
1 large white or yellow onion, sliced into rings
1 egg, beaten with 1 tsp water
1/2 cup of flour
1 tsp paprika
1/2 cup of breadcrumbs
Oil for frying
Set up your breading station:
Shallow bowl #1: flour mixed with the paprika
Shallow bowl #2: egg and water
Shallow bowl #3: breadcrumbs
In a deep skillet, heat enough oil to cover half of an onion ring, but not enough to give you third degree burns.
Begin breading the onion rings. Coat the rings in the flour mixture, then the egg mixture, and finally the breadcrumbs.
Lay a single layer of onion rings into the oil without overcrowding the pan. When one side is golden brown, flip them so that the other side can brown. Remove and drain on paper towels. Repeat this process until all of the onion rings are crispy, adding oil to the pan as needed.