ok, not really "mama's" meatloaf, but you get the idea. my "mama" never made meatloaf for us growing up. that was such an american thing.. we made meatballs instead. the ingredients are clearly much the same, but still - we are not american... so to mound the meat mixture was um, not our thing.
however, being in the US for a decade now (omg), and having recently married an american - ok, he's filipino-american, but still - i decided to make a dinner that his mother made as he grew up on and loves - meatloaf and mashed potatoes (dunno what she serves her meatloaf with, but i wanted mash).
i had no clue how to make the "ketchup" topping that is poured ontop of the mound of meat as it cooks, so i had to look that up. i found an interesting "brown sugar" topping, and made a variation of that.
result: divine. the meat was definitely not dry, very moist. the topping was exactly what was needed to bring out the flavors in the meat. delicious. on my first try, i think i mastered the american meatloaf.