I tried par-cooking the fries in the microwave, and the final product came out much better from the fryer. Following the general guidelines from the Cook’s Country Italian Crunchy Potato Wedges recipe. The original recipe stated to microwave the wedges/steak fries for 7-9 mins on high. I only cooked then for 7 mins 30 sec., and most of the fries were cooked. Next time I would microwave the wedges for at least 8 mins, so that all the wedges would be fully cooked.
On the other hand, if you used a french fry cutter with a 1/2″ grid, 7 min 30 sec, should be more then enough microwave cooking time. After a 6 minute fry in 350F vegetable oil, and a generous sprinkle of Lawry’s Seasoned Salt. Here is the final product. Better then before, just another 30 sec. to 1 minute in the microwave, and they might have been perfect. But microwaving is definitely the main key to good homemade french fries.