Ah, Thanksgiving. A holiday where families gather and celebrate what they’re thankful for, Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ take brings out a very special NPC. Franklin the turkey has evolved over the years; once tasked with aiding him in stealing silverware so he wouldn’t be eaten, this turkey has turned over a different feather these past few Animal Crossing games. Chef Franklin is ready to cook some delicious dishes that don’t involve turkey and won’t require you to steal any utensils.
What, where, and when is Turkey Day?
Turkey Day is Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ take on the United States’ Thanksgiving holiday. Taking place in real-time, Turkey Day doesn’t have a set date and will happen in New Horizons on the fourth Thursday of every November. Here are the dates for Turkey Day from 2020 to 2024:
- November 26th, 2020
- November 25th, 2021
- November 24th, 2022
- November 23rd, 2023
- November 28th, 2024
Franklin the turkey will only appear if game version 1.6.0 (or higher) has been installed and the Resident Services’ permanent brick-and-mortar building has been unlocked. You’ll find the plucky chef from 9 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. in-game time. Talk to Franklin and he’ll task you with finding ingredients that he needs for the big Thanksgiving feast!
Franklin’s Recipes and Furniture Rewards
There are a total of four recipes that Franklin needs help with. When talking to him, he’ll inform you what ingredients he needs, and then it’s off to gather supplies! After completing a recipe, you’ll be rewarded with Turkey Day furniture and given the option to further enhance a recipe with an “off-recipe ingredient.” Franklin won’t tell you exactly what these secret ingredients are, but talking to your villagers (and completing ingredient requests for their own cooking adventures) will shed some light on what Franklin needs for that extra “BAM!”
Note: Two of the recipes will differ depending on the location of your island (Northern Hemisphere or Southern Hemisphere).
|Franklin's DIY Recipes||Ingredient #1||Ingredient #2||Off-Recipe Ingredient||Reward||Reward with Off-Ingredient|
|Clam Chowder||3 Manila Clams||N/A||Scallop||Turkey Day rug||Random Turkey Day DIY furniture recipe|
|Pumpkin Pie||1 Orange Pumpkin||1 Pumpkin (Green, White, or Yellow)||Two remaining pumpkin types||Turkey Day wall||Random Turkey Day DIY furniture recipe|
|Gratin Recipe (Northern Hemisphere)||1 Mussel||1 Mushroom (Flat, Round, Skinny, or Oyster)||Dungeness Crab||Turkey Day flooring||Random Turkey Day DIY furniture recipe|
|Gratin Recipe (Southern Hemisphere)||1 Squid||1 Sea Urchin||Dungeness Crab||Turkey Day flooring||Random Turkey Day DIY furniture recipe|
|Fish Meunière (Northern Hemisphere)||1 Sea Bass||1 Fish (Dab, Olive Flounder, or Red Snapper)||Barred Knifejaw||Cornucopia||All Turkey Day DIY furniture recipes|
|Fish Meunière (Southern Hemisphere)||1 Sea Bass||1 Fish (Olive Flounder or Red Snapper)||Barred Knifejaw||Cornucopia||All Turkey Day DIY furniture recipes|
Missing a key ingredient? Visit villagers on your island. You’ll find one inside their home cooking up a storm, but they have a request for you! Find them the missing ingredient they need (or they’ll ask for one you have on hand), and you’ll receive a random ingredient. A perfect way to acquire any pumpkins and mushrooms you don’t have!
Turkey Day furniture and DIY + Cooking recipes
Completing Franklin’s fetch quests can lead to obtaining the entire Turkey Day collection – Turkey Day Rug, Turkey Day Wall, Turkey Day Flooring, Cornucopia, and furniture items that are part of the “Cozy Turkey Day DIY collection”. In order to obtain the non-craftable Turkey Day items, you’ll have to complete all four regular versions of Franklin’s dishes. They’ll be distributed in the following order:
- Dish #1 (Clam Chowder): Turkey Day Rug
- Dish #2 (Pumpkin Pie): Turkey Day Wall
- Dish #3 (Gratin): Turkey Day Flooring
- Dish #4 (Fish Meunière): Cornucopia
Cozy Turkey Day DIY recipes
As for the craftable Turkey Day furniture, you’ll need to complete each recipe with the Off-Recipe Ingredient in order to secure these DIY recipes. The first three Off-Recipe Ingredient rewards are random ready-made craftable Turkey Day furniture items and the fourth and final Off-Recipe Ingredient reward is the entire collection. Once completed, it’s time to grab a workbench and some supplies to make the following items:
Note: Turkey Day items have two variants: Fall harvest and Spring blooming. Fall harvest is the default look for Northern Hemisphere (Spring blooming for Southern Hemisphere), whereas you’ll need some customization kits in order to get the alternate version.
Missed out on Turkey Day? Don’t fret, as Timmy and Tommy Nook at Nook’s Cranny will sell some Turkey Day furniture items throughout the rest of November as well as sell the collection of Turkey Day Furniture DIY recipes in the form of “Cozy Turkey Day DIY collection” (for the regular price of 19,800 bells).
Yet, if you have the Version 2.0 update installed (or the higher, most recent update version), you’ll find these prices to be lower thanks to Nook Friday! This “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” addition will see prices at Nook’s Cranny reduced by 30% starting the Friday after Turkey Day.
Turkey Day Cooking DIY recipes
Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ Version 2.0 update introduced cooking! Even better, the dishes that Franklin cooks up on Turkey Day are dishes you can prep yourself. Participate in the Turkey Day event and Franklin will give you the Turkey Day Recipes DIY set once you’ve helped him cook all four regular versions of the dishes! After selecting the DIY set and “learning” it, you’ll be able to cook Clam chowder, Gratin, Olive-flounder meunière, and Pumpkin pie all year round provided you have the ingredients!
If you miss Franklin’s visit or don’t complete all four dishes, the set (Turkey Day Recipes) will be available at Nook’s Cranny for 9,800 Bells after Turkey Day for a limited time. Plus, the recipe set will be 30% off during Nook Friday!
Note: In order to learn the set, you’ll need to unlock the DIY Recipes+ app upgrade for your NookPhone. You can upgrade the app by purchasing Be a Chef! DIY Recipes+ from the Nook Stop at Resident Services for 2,000 Nook Miles.
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