Animal Crossing Turkey Day – Franklin, DIY Thanksgiving Recipes, Secret Ingredients & Rewards in New Horizons


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Thanksgiving is just one of the many annual events celebrated at Animal crossing: new horizons, marked in-game as “Turkey Day”. Delicious!

In this guide, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about the Turkey Day and Franklin the Turkey event.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons: Turkey Day (Thanksgiving) Event Guide

Times of Thanksgiving events on Turkey Day

Turkey Day festivities will take place on November 25, 2021 – Thanksgiving Day in the United Statesfrom 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.. Special Thanksgiving-themed music will also be heard on your island – another clue that the holidays are underway.

Where’s Franklin?

At the time of the event, Franklin the Turkey will set up his kitchen table outside of resident services, as well as festive tables and decorations for the villagers – who will put on hats, hold plates and drinks and celebrate the holidays in the square. There, he will prepare a feast and he will recruit you as an assistant.

Cooking with Franklin on Turkey Day
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Everything you can do for Thanksgiving on Turkey Day

As Franklin’s assistant, you will be tasked with helping him gather ingredients and materials for the Harvest Festival feast and create Turkey Day themed rewards.

From 9 a.m., you can talk to Franklin for instructions on the ingredients needed for different Thanksgiving-themed recipes that he plans to prepare.

List of turkey day ingredients

Of course, as many players from previous Animal Crossing games will recall, helping Franklin on Turkey Day involves collecting the requested items and ingredients to prepare various dishes for him to cook.

For each course, you will be asked to put together four items – three main ingredients and a secret ingredient.

Cooking ingredients for turkey day
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You will be given fairly straightforward advice on the main ingredients, but the secret will simply be mentioned. If you are missing any of the necessary ingredients or if you are unable to collect some of them, you can exchange fish with other villagers inside their houses. This is also how you can discover clues about secret ingredients Franklin will need to enhance each dish.

Below is a complete list of all the possible ingredients that may be requested by Franklin on Turkey Day, along with where to get them:

Ingredient How to acquire
Knife jaw barred Sea fishing
Carrot Grown using Carrot begins
Hit Sea fishing
Dungeness crab Diving in the ocean
Flat mushroom Near the trees in November
Whole Wheat Flour / Flour Grown with Wheat Starts (combine 5 wheats in a kitchen to make flour)
Green pumpkin Grown using Pumpkin Starts
Manila clam Unearthed on the beach
Mussel Diving in the ocean
Olive flounder Sea fishing
Orange Pumpkin Grown using Pumpkin Starts
Oyster Diving in the ocean
Potato Grown using Potato Starts
Snapper Sea fishing
Round mushroom Near the trees in November
Shell Diving in the ocean
sea ​​bass Ocean fishing
Sea urchin Diving in the ocean
Lean Mushroom Near the trees in November
Squid Sea fishing
White pumpkin Grown using Pumpkin Starts
Yellow pumpkin Grown using Pumpkin Starts

List of Turkey Day Recipes

Once collected, be sure to bring the requested ingredients to Franklin outside of resident services so that he can cook the dishes and give you special items for turkey day.

You can also acquire Turkey Day additional rewards for correctly guessing the secret ingredients Franklin needs to improve each dish, and giving them to him as well.

Below is a full list of Turkey Day recipes Franklin will want to make.

NOTE: For Turkey Day 2021, Franklin has changed the ingredients he requests in some cases.

The secret ingredients appear to be the same, but other requests may randomly include different fish or cultures (pulling veg and flour added in the recent 2.0 update). For example, one of us was asked to make a gratin with a flat mushroom and a carrot, as well as the secret sleeper crab. A friend of ours made it with a round mushroom and a potato.

As such, the following recipes are just potential examples – there seems to be some degree of randomization at work, with each player asking for different ingredients.

Recipe Ingredients
Clam chowder
  • 3 Manila clams
  • Secret ingredient (s): Scallop
Pumpkin pie
  • 1 orange pumpkin
  • 1 other pumpkin (yellow, white or green)
  • Secret ingredient (s): the two remaining colors of the pumpkin
Gratin (Northern hemisphere)
  • 1 Mussel OR 1 Carrot / Potato
  • 1 random mushroom (flat, round or lean) OR 1 oyster
  • Secret ingredient (s): Dungeness crab
Gratin (Southern hemisphere)
  • 1 squid
  • 1 Sea Urchin OR 1 Carrot / Potato
  • Secret ingredient (s): Dungeness crab
Meunière fish (Northern hemisphere)
  • 1 bar
  • 1 other fish (dab, plaice or red snapper)
  • Secret Ingredient (s): Barred Knife Jaw
Meunière fish (Southern hemisphere)
  • 1 bar
  • 1 random fish (plaice or red snapper) OR 1 flour
  • Secret Ingredient (s): Barred Knife Jaw

Turkey Day Award List

Enjoying Turkey Day With Friends
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After completing all the tasks and delivering the necessary ingredients to Franklin, he’ll get to work preparing a feast! Your reward will be Unique articles on the theme of Turkey Day.

Below is a full list of every day from Turkey rewards Franklin will give you for helping him in his culinary quest – both the regular rewards and the special items you receive when you upgrade his dishes with secret ingredients.

For those you don’t collect, you can acquire Franklin’s “Cozy Turkey Day” DIY Recipe Collection that day, or the next day at Nook’s Cranny:


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