If you're chasing a perfect sear, mushrooms are a huge pain to deal with. Whether or not you rinse them, slicing and chopping alone releases enough of their natural moisture that even previously bone-dry mushrooms can turn soggy before they hit the pan - and that simply won't do.
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Due to its low-ish smoke point, olive oil isn't the best choice for searing meats or other single-layer, high-temperature cooking methods. However, as Chef Helen Rennie explains, that doesn't mean you can't crank up the heat when cooking a range of foods in olive oil - from caramelised onions to sauted potatoes.